Dryburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders – Ink/Acrylic in an A4 Watercolour Moleskine

This is one of four ruined abbeys in this region. Like the others, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh, this church was all but destroyed by invading English forces in the 14th and 16th Centuries although recent thinking suggests that the magnificent ruin at Jedburgh was left to decay as a backlash against the monks who were becoming more secular, living in luxury, while the local population struggled. Whatever reason, the ruins are magnificent and when we visited, a few days ago, the lovely weather was reflected on the reds and yellows of the stonework which I hope I’ve managed to portray here.

Dryburgh Abbey is the final resting place for many prominent Scottish people, the best known being Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1872) and Field Marshall Earl Haig (1861 – 1928) who lies with his wife and, sadly and recently, his son. During our visit a wedding was taking place which did not seem out of place as the Charter House (to the right of this scene) is still intact. The building, on the left, is all that remains of the North Transept and it is in this that Scott’s tomb can just be seen under the right hand arch. The piles of stones, receding towards this part, are all that remains of the columns which supported the roof which joined the North Transept to the place where I sketched the outline of this from. A lovely and peaceful spot.