Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fuller's History of Abbeys

' ...I fell a-reading Fuller's History of Abbys, and my wife in Great Cyrus till twelve at night, and so to bed.'

On December 7, 1660, Samuel Pepys records (in his diary) reading Thomas Fuller's "The Church History of Britain", which includes (Book VI) "The History of Abbeys in England". Abbeys were an important part of Sir Walter Scott's life. Though it is not included in Fuller's work, Scott is buried at Dryburgh Abbey. According to http://www.bordersabbeysway.fsnet.co.uk/page41.html, Dryburgh Abbey was once under the control of Walter Scott's great-grandfather, Thomas Halliburton. Halliburton's family eventually sold their right to the Abbey, but retained the right to family burial there (picture from wikipedia).

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