Saturday, September 16, 2006

Northern Ayrshire

The 'modern' tower was built in the early 1800s to replace the tower which fell down in 1810 after being struck by lightning. The Abbey's founders, the Tironensian aka Tyrinensian Monks, arrived here in the 1160s from Kelso Abbey in the Scottish Borders.

Kilwinning Abbey was built on a site which had had religious significance from before AD 600. The plan of the Abbey was

Kilwinning also holds claim to be the Mother Lodge of the Scottish FreeMasons.

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