Dryburgh Abbey (Roxburghshire)
|Thanks to Stuart and Claire for providing our first pictures of Giant Redwoods in Scotland. The above photographs were taken on a visit to Dryburgh Abbey near St Boswells in the Scottish Borders. Stuart tells us that there are at least three Giant Redwoods in the grounds.
Earl Haig, the World War 1 Field Marshal, and Walter Scott are buried at Dryburgh Abbey. Nearby is a statue of William Wallace located at Scott’s Outlook, a scenic vantage point that looks out over the Tweed Valley and Old Melrose to the Eildon Hills.
In the 19th century, the 11th earl of Buchan, a descendant of the Erskines, a senior cleric at Dryburgh and a founder of the Society of Antiquities in Edinburgh, created a magnificent garden within the cloisters and erected a strange obelisk to Kings James I and II. He was buried in the former sacristy of the abbey - which he purloined as a family vault. It is due to his efforts that the abbey was preserved. Nowadays, as well as being a tourist attraction it is also used as a picturesque location for weddings.
Here are some links to sites that give further information and pictures, some that also show the Giant Redwood tree closest to the Abbey.
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