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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 72844 33815
372844, 633815

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Founded in 1128, the church has a remarkable plan with both

eastern and western transepts, of this only the western

transepts, tower and 2 bays of the south arcade of the

nave survive, dating from the end of the 12th century. The

church was partly destroyed in 1545 and burnt in 1547. The

surviving western transepts were reroofed in 1649 to serve

as the Parish Church until 1771. Of this period only the

'transepts' at North end of church also snecked rubble with

belfry dated 16(49) on the north transept gable survived

the clearing of the ruins in 1805 and their consolidation

in 1816, 1823 and 1866 for the Dukes of Roxburghe and by

the Ministry of Works after 1919. The surviving part of the

claustral buildings is the outer parlour which adjoins the

gable of the south transept.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument. Scheduled 13 February 1996.



Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland,

ROXBURGHSHIRE, i, p 240-6 and figs 297-303; David Macgibbon


347-61 and figs 311-24; NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT iii, 319.

Historic Environment Scotland Properties

Kelso Abbey

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Related Designations

  1. Kelso AbbeySM90177

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

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