Glenluce Abbey, Newton Stewart

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Glenluce Abbey, near to Glenluce, Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery called also Abbey of Luce or Vallis Lucis and founded around 1190 by Rolland or Lochlann, Lord of Galloway and Constable of Scotland. Following the Scottish Reformation in 1560, the abbey fell into disuse.Glenluce and the Kennedy familyGilbert Kennedy, 4th Earl of Cassilis obtained control of Glenluce during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The Earl persuaded one of the monks of the abbey to counterfeit the necessary signatures to a deed conveying the lands of the abbey to him and his heirs. To ensure that the forgery was not discovered he employed a man to murder the monk and then persuaded his uncle, the laird of Bargany to hang his paid assassin on a trumped up charge of theft. The success of these actions encouraged him to obtain the lands of Crossraguel Abbey through the torturing of Allan Stewart, the commendator at his castle of Dunure.The ruins were consolidated and partly restored in 1898 by the Glasgow architect, Peter MacGregor Chalmers. They are a scheduled ancient monument.
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  • We are always impressed with the ruins of the early churches and of the home quarters of the early Christians, and are so very thankful that Historic Scotland has made it a mission to try to preserve ...  more »
  • This is an interesting place to go and see although when i went it was closed and i could not get inside.  more »
  • Free parking or not, I simply find it hard to get my head around why you would want to come and visit,what is, in effect a ruin.  more »
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  • This is a really great site. The member of staff on site Debbie was really lovely and knowledgeable. I would definitely suggest stopping off at this wee site.
  • 5 star visit. Dog friendly. Best on a day when the visitor centre and chapter house are open.
  • Really interesting place to visit. Structure is quote impressive and the grounds are well maintained
  • Wonderful buildings some parts still intact and sooooo peaceful. We had it all to ourselves the day we visited. The history fascinated me as i had also visited some of the other sites connected to it, it brought the history alive. A million photographs now reside in my camera. A wee added bonus was the cute donkeys in the field beside the abbey.
  • great location, huge parking for motorhomes too, I stayed 2 days there!
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