European Cluniac Delegation honour Crossraguel Abbey
25 April 2012
Crossraguel Abbey has been presented with a plaque marking its association with the Cluniac Order.
The abbey of Cluny in Burgundy was founded in 910 by Duke William of Aquitaine. Cluny soon became well-known for its reformed way of life and thus the Cluniac order was established.
Crossraguel Abbey was founded by Duncan of Carrick 13th century. He invited monks of the Cluniac order from Paisley Abbey to build this new daughter house of Cluny.
Historic Scotland’s Adrian Cox accepted the plaque on behalf of Historic Scotland – which looks after the property – from the Chairman of the European Federation of Cluniac Sites, Michel Gaudard.
The visit in March was also attended by the Federation’s Director Christophe Voros, South Ayrshire Provost Sloan, Councillor Sandra Goldie, Councillor Mairi Low, Jonathan Rusk, Depute Head of Carrick Academy and some of his pupils.
The Cluniac delegation were in Scotland to hold their annual meeting in Paisley. As part of this, they visited Crossraguel Abbey to allow the delegates a tour of the abbey.
In a brief speech during the visit, Christophe Voros said:
"We are here at a site that witnessed centuries of constructions, destruction and reconstructions …for us, Crossraguel is a family member."
Adrian Cox, Historic Scotland's Cultural Heritage Advisor, said:
"Along with Paisley Abbey, Crossraguel is one of only two Cluniac monasteries established in Scotland. Crossraguel is one of the most complete monastic complexes to have survived in Scotland, making it a highly significant archaeological site. Historic Scotland is keen to celebrate and foster our European and Cluniac connections and was very pleased to welcome the European Federation of Cluniac Sites to the abbey."
"As it developed, the Cluniac order placed great emphasis on offering to God the very best that could be afforded, and examples of this can seen at Crossraguel in the wonderful architecture and carvings in the church, chapter house and sacristy."
“Celebrating our Cluniac links reflects the full significance of Crossraguel in a Scottish and European context and it is wonderful that visitors to the site can acknowledge that. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our friends from the European Federation of Cluniac Sites to explore our shared heritage.”
Notes for editors
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