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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, Earl of Cassillis 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.
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  • Drove along the scenic coast to Glenluce; arrived at the abbey only to find it closed in winter. Tbh I'm not sure I'd have paid the £4.50 entrance fee anyway as it's only a small abbey and not sure it...  more »
  • There is little to see apart from the ruins, the scenery around the area is excellent. Theee are no facilities for very young children at all. There are beaches close by, if you go down to the Wigtows...  more »
  • The abbey is historically interesting and it is worth getting the lit on it. It stands in a beautiful setting, with trails leading from it.  more »
  • A very interesting 12th Century abbey. Only open in summer.
  • Wow what a place a photographers dream. The chapel is amazing the atmosphere feels like your back in time with the monks simply fabulous. Well kept and worth a visit