Sweetheart Abbey - A Story of True Love

© Cathy M. Gromball

Sweetheart Abbey - A Story of True Love

Uploaded: February 09, 2007


On 10 April, 1273 Lady Devorgilla of Galloway established a new Cisterian abbey as a lasting memorial to her true love, her late husband, John Balliol whom she wed in 1233.

Devoted to each other in life, Lady Devorgilla was devastated when her husband died in 1269. She had his heart embalmed and placed in a tiny ivory casket which she held close to her own heart for twenty years, carrying him with her wherever she went.

When she died in 1289, her body was laid to rest in the sanctuary of the abbey she had founded, and upon her instructions, the tiny ivory casket which held her husband's heart was buried beside her.

The abbey was named Dulce Cor, or Sweetheart Abbey in memory of Lady Devorgilla.

'Two hearts intertwined will forever be held together'.


Cathy M. Gromball February 09, 2007

I forgot to mention that this photo was taken in Scotland. #602562

Remi Trepanier February 09, 2007

Beautiful capture Cathy! #3929555

Dr Silly level-classic February 09, 2007

Beautiful bright colors and neat story. :O)

John Caruso February 09, 2007

I like your choice of including the lawn in the foreground: it gives it a good sense of scale. Nice detail and comp. Great story, too! #3929821

Lisa D. Greer February 09, 2007

Beautiful scene! :) #3929848

Joy Rector February 09, 2007

gorgeous image and love the story #3929962

GianAngelo Monchieri level-classic February 09, 2007

Beautiful picture. Next summer I'll go to Scotland. I hope to take photo like this. Compliments #3930262

Melissa G. Meiselman February 09, 2007

What a wonderful love story...amazing that it happened so long ago, Cathy!! The Abbey is really beautiful and your image really does this landmark structure justice!! #3930282

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic February 09, 2007

Beautiful image and story Cathy!,
Amalia #3930333

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict February 10, 2007

Great image here Cathy, great details too...Dominick #3935170

Jenny Bosmans February 11, 2007

Wonderful PoV and image, Cathy...Scotland's my favorite country! :) #3935271

Lorraine A. Cook February 11, 2007


A beautiful love story and legacy, Cathy!<:)) #3936098

Cathy M. Gromball February 11, 2007

Thank you, Remi, Dr Silly, John, Lisa, Joy, Monchierie, Melissa, Amalia, Dominick, Jenny and Lorraine!

Cathy :) #3936422

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