SWEETHEART ABBEY, New Abbey, Dumfrieshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 5, 2011

Devorgilla, Lady of Galloway, founded a Cistercian Monastery on the banks of the River Nith near Dumfries in 1273 in memory of her husband, John Balliol, father of King John of Scotland and founder of Balliol College, Oxford. When he died, Devorgilla had his heart embalmed and she carried it around in a casket. When she died in 1289, she was buried with the casket in front of the high altar of the abbey. Thus the word sweetheart became part of the English language and the abbey became known as Sweetheart Abbey. The ruined abbey still stands in the village of New Abbey.

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Photo taken in Dumfries and Galloway, UK

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    by Roy Pledger