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Deer Abbey

Finally off exploring Scotland – first stop:  Deer Abbey, built in 1219.


Deer Abbey was Cistercian monastery founded in 1219.  The abbey is associated with the Book of Deer and for more than 300 years, the Cistercian monks seem to have lived a quiet and contemplative life until the Protestant Reformation of 1560 brought the abbey’s spiritual use to a close.


The Book of Deer (Leabhar Dhèir in Gaelic) is a 10th-century Latin Gospel Book with early 12th-century additions in Latin, Old Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It contains the earliest known surviving Gaelic writing from Scotland.  The origin of the book is uncertain, and it has been in the ownership of the Cambridge University Library since 1715.


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