The Abbey of Dulce Cor, better known as Sweetheart Abbey, was a Cistercian monastery founded in 1275 in what is now the village of New Abbey, in the historic county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfriesand Galloway, UK.
The Cistercian Order - whose members were commonly known as the White Monks because of the white hood they wore over their religious habit - built this and other great monasteries after its establishment around 1100. Under the guidance of its first abbot, Henry, this abbey was built in dark red local sandstone, in the primitive english style. In 1300, during the First Scottish War of Independence, King Edward I of England resided in the abbey while conducting his military campaign at Galloway.
In 1624 the last monks died and the abbey passed to Sir Robert Spottiswoode, who assumed the title of Lordof New Abbey. When he was exiled, however, the property passed to the British Crown.
WHY THIS PLACE
Here we have the undeniable decoy of a great love story, for an auspicious ceremony, immersed in the unique climate of Scottish lands. Embarking on the ride of this romantic legacy will serve as a form of blessing for the union celebrated by the couple who get married there.
The abbey was founded by Dervorguilla de Galloway in memory of her husband, John de Balliol. After her death, she kept her embalmed heart in an ivory and silver coffin, which she always carried with her and which was finally buried in her coffin when she died. In line with this devotion to her late husband, she named the abbey Dulce Cor (which in Latin means Sweet Heart).