Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0
Courtesy of National Library of Scotland | Licence: CC BY 4.0

11 - Vaults in Dumferling [Dunfermline] Abbey, Fifeshire, No. 120

1791

Francis Grose

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Title

11 - Vaults in Dumferling [Dunfermline] Abbey, Fifeshire, No. 120

Date

1791

Artist

Description

This sketch is associated with Captain Francis Grose's 'Antiquities of Scotland', published in 1791. Barrel vaulting was a fabulous medieval discovery. Improved weight distribution and wider vault spaces resulted in changes in architecture and lifestyles. David I, King of Scotland, as a tribute to his mother's piety, personality and achievements decided to replace Margaret's tiny original chapel with a grand new church, and in 1150, he granted the Priory abbey status. Margaret, the founder and patron of Dunfermline Abbey, was canonised in 1250 and her relics moved to a new shrine in 1259. This event not only involved further new building projects at the abbey but also increased the site's prestige as a pilgrimage centre.

Collective title: Hutton Drawings > [Volume 2] > Fife

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Location

Dunfermline Abbey, Fife, Scotland

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Credits

Image Credit

Courtesy of National Library of Scotland

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