During its history the abbey has received many royal visitors, including Edward I in 1303, Edward III in 1336 and Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1562. The most renowned of the 24 abbots the monastery had was Robert Reid. Reid introduced organised education, erecting a new library and other buildings at the abbey. He became Bishop of Orkney in 1541 and, following his death, became the founder and benefactor of Edinburgh University with funds from his estate.
Few of the monastic buildings remain standing today. The remains of the abbey are now situated within a graveyard owned by the local authority, and are therefore accessible at all times.
* Now in England, but at the time of its foundation, part of the Scottish kingdom of David I.
** Filiation from Mellifont Abbey in Ireland, founded 1142.
*** If this existed, it was shortly afterwards replaced by a Premonstratensian establishment.
**** In the line of filiation from Melrose (above).