A Cluniac monastery founded by Duncan, Earl of Carrick, in 1244, as a subordinate house of Paisley. It was much patronized by the Bruces, and by the early Stewart monarchs. A famous event in its history is the roasting of Abbot Stewart, in 1570, by the Earl of Cassillis, with the object of forcing him to surrender his title deeds. The remains of the abbey are very extensive and of high architectural distinction. They consist of the church, claustral buildings, outer court with an imposing castellated gatehouse, and abbot's house with a strong tower attached. The choir of the church, with its three-sided apse, is a fine specimen of the latest phase in Scottish Gothic, and the sacristy and chapter-house, of the same late date, are likewise very fine. Located one mile from Maybole on the main Maybole to Girvan road, Ayrshire, Scotland.
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