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The evocative ruins of Sweetheart Abbey, a Cistercian house. It was founded by Lady Dervorgilla de Balliol as ‘New Abbey’ in 1273, in memory of her dead husband, John. The name evolved to ‘Sweetheart’ in honour of the husband and wife. John and Dervorgilla de Balliol were a powerful pair, and parents of the John Balliol who was, albeit briefly, King of Scotland. John Balliol senior is also credited with founding Balliol College, Oxford.

There's a good cafe, Abbey Cottage, next door.

Sweetheart Abbey is on the A710, about 7 miles south of Dumfries.

Location/Address: New Abbey
County: Dumfries & Galloway
Post Code: DG2 8BU
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Dervorgilla's Sweetheart
Tip/Nearby: Caerlaverock Castle, New Abbey Mill
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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