Where in Selkirk did monks begin building abbey?
“... it is a point worth emphasising that the earliest settlement anywhere in Britain of any of the communities of ‘reformed’ Benedictines – Cistercians, Tironesians, Savignacs and others – through which the religious life of western Europe underwent so profound a transformation was the abbey of Selkirk in Scotland.” – Professor Geoffrey Barrow.
If Selkirk Abbey was so important, why do we know so little about it? When was it established, where and why? In this, the second of a series looking into the abbey, local historian Frank Harkness looks into possible locations for the building.