Sweetheart Abbey is located in New Abbey in Dumfries & Galloway, and dates from the 13th century. The story of the founding of the abbey is held to be a testament to the enduring power of love.
This splendid ruin of a late 13th century abbey was built by Lady Devorgilla in memory of her late husband, John Balliol and is thought to have inspired the creation of the word sweetheart. After he died, she carried his heart with her in a casket, referring to her 'dulce cor', the latin for sweetheart.
When she died the abbey was named Sweetheart Abbey by the monks in memory of the love story. She was buried beneath the high altar alongside her late husband's heart. The graceful building still inspires all who visit with its tale of divine love.