Cambuskenneth Abbey

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Cambuskenneth Abbey (2)It is a popular rhyme of the district that “a loop of the Forth is worth an Earldom in the north”.

R W Billings, 1908

If you were a monk living in Cambuskenneth Abbey in late medieval times, you probably never knew a minute’s peace.   Nestling in a loop of the River Forth within sight of Stirling Castle, it enjoyed the patronage of Scotland’s kings but this very fact also made it a prime target for an invading army.

The battles of Stirling Bridge, Bannockburn and Sauchieburn all took place within shouting distance of Cambuskenneth Abbey.  After Bannockburn in 1314, Robert the Bruce held a parliament here;  and after James III was killed at Sauchieburn in 1488 his body was brought to the Abbey for burial.  In 1383 the building was sacked by the army of Richard III of England, and had to be re-built.  The only possible consolation…

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