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Abbey St. Bathans

Abbey St. Bathans

Der Name Abbey lässt hier natürlich eine weitaus größere kirchliche Einrichtung vermuten, als dies tatsächlich der Fall ist. Bei der Abbey von St. Bathans, die auch als Kirk of Lammermuir bezeichnet wird, handelt es sich um ein ehemaliges Nonnenkloster, welches im 13. Jahrhundert von Ada, der Countess of Dunbar, und ihrem Mann Patrick gegründet wurde. Zu dieser Zeit stand die Abtei, die der heiligen Jungfrau Maria gewidmet war, unter dem Schutz des Earls.
Die heute vorhandene Kirche ist erst später erbaut worden. Wo genau sich die ehemalige Abtei befunden hat, ist bis heute nicht geklärt. Es wird vermutet, dass sie an einer Stelle des Tales gelegen war, an der sich heute der sog. “Abbey Stone” befindet.
In der Nähe der Kirche gelegen ist eine Quelle, die angeblich heilende Kräfte besitzen soll. Die Legende besagt, dass das Wasser dort nie einfriert, egal wie kalt es draußen auch sein mag.


Abbey St Bathans is a community in Berwickshire in the eastern part of the Scottish Borders. Unique in its topography, a long winding steep wooded valley that follows the Whiteadder Water.
Although its name suggests a larger foundation, Abbey St Bathans was originally a priory of Cistercian Nuns. It was sanctified and then used as a retreat by the sisters who formed the community at Haddington and at Nunraw, under the patronage of Ada, Countess of Dunbar and her husband Patrick, Earl of Dunbar.
Though the original location of the monastic accommodation is unknown today, there is a stone on one side of the glen known as the Abbey Stone. While there are no religious houses in the village today, there is a small church in the square. A Minister is shared with nearby hamlet of Longformacus. The dedication is to Saint Bathan (Scottish Gaelic: Baithéne mac Brénaind) the second abbot of Iona.
In the mid-1960s a deposit or “midden” was found by the existing church, on the river bank where such a “tip” would logically be located. This contained many shards of pottery which were identified as mediaeval by the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. This suggests that the monastery was located in the riverside meadow area around the existing church, and a dig would probably reveal some of the structure. This deposit was discovered and excavated by Mrs. E. K. Robb, whose family used to holiday in the farm.
The majority of the surrounding land is owned by various members of the Dobie family—the oldest brother being the Laird of the demesne. Some of the woodland has been used by the Forestry Commission at various times, but now this is not the case.


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