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Dryburgh Abbey

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“There are narrations, from which it is inferred that Dryburgh was originally a place of Druidical worship;  its name is supposed to come from the Celtic ‘Darach-Bruach’ or ‘the bank of the sacred grove of oaks,’ the settlement of the Druids.”    The Gentleman’s Magazine, October 1832

Some of the places I visit make me wonder whether the feeling of deep stillness existed before they were built, or whether it came about because of the devotion and serenity of the people who lived there afterwards.

Dryburgh Abbey is one of those places.

The first Christian worship at Dryburgh may have taken place around 600 AD, when a missionary called St Modan – or some of his followers – chose a loop in the River Tweed for the location of a simple church.  However, no physical evidence of this has yet been found.

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“Reliconomics” ~ A guest post by Erik Von Norden

The Freelance History Writer

Erik Von Norden joins The Freelance History Writer with an article on the economics of medieval relics. Erik is a practicing attorney living in the north woods of Vermont, USA. The likely release date is September 1, 2015 for his book titled: “Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf” ( One can always read a chapter, leave a comment or create a blogroll link on his blog [one word]

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It is hard to exaggerate how far commerce among Western European nations dropped off in the centuries after the Western Roman Empire disintegrated, but I’ll try. To get my point, consider the very real role that religious relic economics played in medieval trade – “reliconomics,” if you will. These religious relics in every sense equaled liquid assets and a big part of any land’s gross national product would be stored in them. Churches invested heavily in diversified…

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