Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by King David of Scotland, five miles from the ancient monastery where St Cuthbert lived as a young monk in the 7th century. The 12th-century Melrose was run by the Cistercian monks, an important order of the later middle ages who were influential in England and became more so in the following years. This manuscript, the only surviving ancient copy of the Chronicle, begins with the year 735. Its first section, up to the mid-12th century, was compiled from earlier histories, but from that point it seems to have been written at the monastery and records contemporary events. This makes it an important source of information for the later 12th and 13th centuries through 1270, when it terminates suddenly. Two special events are noted in red ('red-letter' events) for the years 1132 and 1136. The first is the founding of the Abbey of Rielvaux, the major Cistercian monastery in Britain. The second marks the founding of Melrose, a satellite of Rielvaux.