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 visited on a beautiful day and it was a fantastic find. This is an ancient priory first inhabited by Cistercian Monks. The chapter house has magnificent acoustics and your voice sounds angelic here...  more »
  • The problem with this site is that it is not being properly managed. We arrived and found a note on the door of the admin building referring to staff shortages. You can still walk around the abbey rui...  more »
  • Like a few other reviewers, we arrived during normal opening hours to find the shop/admission office closed. However, the gate was open (and being existing Historic Scotland members :-) ), we went thr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent tourist attraction in a superb wee location. Well worth a visit.
  • Not alot here other than a ruin but kids enjoyed it so thats worth it then
  • Information boards could do with updating otherwise . A nice visit .
  • The history makes you realise how lucky we can be today. The horrible things done to people by Rulers to gain more power. A must visit.

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