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Crossraguel Abbey is not within the boundaries of the burgh but it has always been looked upon by the townspeople as belonging to Maybole, even if it is in the Parish of Kirkoswald. The meaning of the name cannot be given with any certainty but most agree it means the Abbey of the Royal, or Regal, Cross. The abbey was founded by Duncan, Earl of Carrick, in 1244, in an age when many other monasteries were being built throughout Scotland. Duncan gave land and money to the monks of Paisley Abbey and asked them to build the monastery but they only erected a small chapel in the first instance and held on to quite a considerable balance of cash, which rather displeased the Earl. He went to law on the matter and the Bishop of Glasgow, who was appointed arbiter, found in his favour and ordained that the Paisley monks should build a proper monastery and that monks should be sent from Paisley Abbey to run it. Text from Maybole - Carrick's Capital. Photos contributed by Davie Law  Large image 760*387   Very large image 1024*522

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The Abbey is a popular venue for weddings. Click on the links below to view each of three weddings held at the abbey in August of 2006. Photos and text by Davie Law.

Simon Ferguson & Natasha Murdoch

David Knight & Lynsey Feldman

Heather Ross & Stuart Andrew


Rev. Swan's address found in the kist at the Parish Church.  Photos by Brian Wotherspoon. Click on the images to view full size. For the transcription of the text of the speech done by Gordon Killicoat click here.


Right: 1720s etching by Dutch artist Pieter van der Aa. Contributed by Isobel Seymour. 1024  *  823
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Sketches of Crossraguel Abbey. Other pages on this site about Crossraguel Abbey. Maybole - Carrick's Capital: Crossraguel Abbey and Places of Interest about Maybole: Crossraguel Abbey . See also page on Undiscovered Scotland for more photos and text.

Cors Regal (Crosraguel) Abbey - Scotland Artist: Hooper; Engraver: Saprrow. From the original description: Crosraguel Abbey stands in Carrick, one of the subdivisions of the Shire of Air, and in the parish of Kirkoswald, two miles from Maybole. This was a Cluniac abbey, founded y Duncan, son of Gilbert, Earl of Carrick, in the year 1244, as we were informed by the Chartulary of Paisley. There is a charter of King Robert Bruce to this place, which he therein calls Croceragmer de Terra Dungrelach, given at Berwick the eighteenth year of his reign, and also confirmation of all the churches and lands granted to it by Duncan Neil Robert, his father. more

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About two miles south of the town of Maybole, although included within the parish of Kirkoswald, stand the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey. It stands close by the wayside, in a natural hollow, down which runs a small burn. The highway in former times ran along the brow of the rising ground to the right, and crossed the line of turnpike a little farther on at a place called Willholm. It is from this rising ground that the best view of the abbey is to be obtained.

The text above is from the first introductory chapter of the book Crossraguel Abbey, written by Rev. Roderick Lawson in 1883. A portion of this book is now available for viewing in PDF format. Click here to view this file. ( About 1 meg in size)

This stereoscopic view of Crossraguel Abbey was found on Ebay. On the reverse is a note describing the view as Crois Regal Abby No 3. A stereoscope is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image. A typical stereoscope provides each eye with a lens that makes the image seen through it appear larger and more distant and usually also shifts its apparent horizontal position, so that for a person with normal binocular depth perception the edges of the two images seemingly fuse into one "stereo window". more

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