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Dundrennan Abbey
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Dumfries and Galloway
54° 48′ 24″ N, 3° 56′ 52″ W
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Dundrennan Abbey is a Cistercian monastery located in Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway.

The abbey was established in 1142 by Fergus of Galloway, King David I of Scotland ), and monks from Rievaulx Abbey. The architecture of the church and surrounding buildings reflect the austere Cistercian ideal and is noted for its purity and restraint. It is built from a very hard-weathering grey sandstone, the original forms and mouldings are well preserved.

Mary, Queen of Scots, after the Battle of Langside, spent her final night in Scotland here, in 1568. , she crossed the Solway Firth from neighboring Port Mary to Workington, and was then imprisoned by the English.

In 1587, following the Scottish Reformation, the land passed to the Crown. The site fell into ruin after it was subsequently used to house livestock.

Historic Scotland maintains the site today as a scheduled monument and Category A listed building.