Lindores Abbey

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Ruins of Lindores Abbey
The eastern entrance

Lindores Abbey was a Tironensian abbey on the outskirts of Newburgh in Fife, Scotland. Now a much reduced and overgrown ruin, it lies on the southern banks of the River Tay, about 1-mile (1.6 km) north of the village of Lindores and is a scheduled ancient monument [1]

The abbey was founded as a daughter house of Kelso Abbey about 1191 (some sources say 1178), by David, Earl of Huntingdon, brother of William the Lion. The first abbot was Guido, Prior of Kelso, under whom the buildings were mostly completed. The church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and St. Andrew, was 195 feet (59 m) long, with transepts 110 feet (34 m) long. Edward I of England, John Balliol, David II, and James III were among the monarchs who visited Lindores at different times.

The earliest record of scotch whisky cited by the exchequer roll for 1494 is a commission from King James IV to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey to make about "eight bols of malt" or 580 kg of aquavitae. The abbey is now the location of Lindores Abbey distillery.

The abbey was sacked by a mob from Dundee in 1543, and again by John Knox and his supporters in 1559. In the following years the Abbey buildings were quarried as a source of building stone for Newburgh, and a number of architectural fragments are visible built into later structures in the town.

The main upstanding remains of the Abbey are: one of the gateways leading into the monastic enclosure; the groin-vaulted slype, leading from the cloister garth to the exterior of the Abbey; and parts of the chancel walls and western tower of the church, although the ground plan of the whole structure can still be traced. Sections of the imposing precinct wall which once enclosed the abbey can also be seen in fields to the south. In 2018 a distillation vat was discovered in the ruins, along with evidence of 'whisky' production. The remains of the still are being consolidated for display in the ruins.

Wooden panels of the early 16th century survive from the Abbey in the Laing Museum, Newburgh and, reset in a 19th-century cabinet, in St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee.


Notable events

See also


  1. ^ "Lindores Abbey SM836". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ Mackenzie-Smith, Drew (17 September 2016). "Family life: From farmers to Distillers: Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups, and Marmite Pasta". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2017.

External links

  • Map sources for Lindores Abbey
  • Lindores Abbey Distillery website
  • Tour Lindores Abbey.
  • Divine Inspiration. The Scotsman. 24 January 2004
  • Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Benedictine Abbey of Lindores" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  • Lindores Abbey - Home of Scotch Whisky. 1 October 2011

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Benedictine Abbey of Lindores" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.

Coordinates: 56°21′10″N 3°13′41″W / 56.35274°N 3.22816°W / 56.35274; -3.22816

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