Sweetheart Abbey

  Sweetheart Abbey is in New Abbey; its founding is a story of the enduring power of love. On the 10th of April in 1273 Lady Devorgilla signed a charter creating a new Cistercian abbey there in memory of her husband, John Balliol who died in 1268. To show the love that she had for her husband, she carried his embalmed heart around with her in an ivory box with enamelled silver trimmings. After she passed away, she left instructions to be buried at Sweetheart Abbey, and for her husband's heart to be buried with her.
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