Glenluce Abbey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Glenluce Abbey
Glenluce Abbey.jpg
Monastery information
Full name Comune Monasterii Beate Maeri de Valle Lucis
Other names Abbey of Luce
Order Cistercian
Established 1192
Disestablished 1602
Mother house Dundrennan Abbey
Diocese Diocese of Galloway
Controlled churches Glenluce
Founder(s) Lochlann, Lord of Galloway
Glenluce Abbey ruins.

Glenluce Abbey,[1] near to Glenluce, Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery called also Abbey of Luce or Vallis Lucis [2] and founded around 1190 by Rolland or Lochlann, Lord of Galloway and Constable of Scotland. Following the Scottish Reformation in 1560, the abbey fell into disuse.

Glenluce and the Kennedy family[edit]

Pl.2. The abbey ruins in 1789

Gilbert Kennedy, 4th Earl of Cassilis obtained control of Glenluce during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The Earl persuaded one of the monks of the abbey to counterfeit the necessary signatures to a deed conveying the lands of the abbey to him and his heirs. To ensure that the forgery was not discovered he employed a man to murder the monk and then persuaded his uncle, the laird of Bargany to hang his paid assassin on a trumped up charge of theft. The success of these actions encouraged him to obtain the lands of Crossraguel Abbey through the torturing of Allan Stewart, the commendator at his castle of Dunure.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Also Abbey of Luce, Latin: Comune Monasterii Beate Maeri de Valle Lucis [1]
  2. ^ Richard Pococke, Daniel William Kemp, Tours in Scotland: 1747, 1750, 1760, Vol. 1, Scottish History Society, Heritage Books, 2003, p. 12.
  3. ^ MacGibbon, T. and Ross, D. (1887 - 92). The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, V3, Edinburgh. p. 341.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°53′21″N 4°49′53″W / 54.88917°N 4.83139°W / 54.88917; -4.83139