"Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by David the
First, and consecrated ten years afterwards with the
greatest pomp and solemnity peculiar to the period. It was granted by royal charter to the
Cistercian Order of Monks, which had previously
been instituted in France, on the Benedictine principles, and which order rapidly grew into a great
community extending throughout every country in
Extract from "Melrose Abbey, with notes descriptive and historical" (Open Library).
Melrose Abbey is a Historic
Scotland property with free entry for Historic Scotland members.