South East View of Cambus Kenneth Abbey
Medium: Ink wash on paper
View of the bell tower of Cambuskenneth Abbey near Stirling in Scotland. The Abbey was established by King David I in 1147 and benefiting from its proximity to Stirling Castle it became one of the richest abbeys in Scotland. It was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was known as the Abbey of St Mary of Stirling. It was probably re- dedicated in honour of Kenneth MacAlpin who defeated the Picts at the Battle of Logie in the 9th century. The Abbey complex was originally very large and included a church, cloister, domestic buildings and a wharf near the river. Cambuskenneth Abbey was closed in 1559 and much of the stone was re-used as building material, the bell tower is all that remains.