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New Abbey in the Abbey of Sweethearths, Galloway 103.a

New Abbey in the Abbey of Sweethearths, Galloway 103.a

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Ktop L

Item number: 103.a

Genre: Topographical Print

Sketch of the ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in Galloway, Scotland. The Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in the 13th century and it is said that it was named in honour of the love Lady Devorgilla had for her late husband John Ballioli (founder of Ballioli College, Oxford). When he died she had his heart embalmed and placed in a silver and ivory casket. When she died twenty years later in 1289, she was buried with the casket in front of the Alter in the abbey, and so the monks renamed the abbey ‘Dulce Cor’ or ‘Sweetheart’, after them. In the 16th century a monument was built portraying Lady Devorgilla with the casket clasped to her chest, the remain of this monument still stand there today.

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