Holyrood Abbey is a ruined abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland, that Lewis sees visions of in the magic mirror within his uncle's enchanted coat rack (The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost, 109).


Holyrood Abbey nave coffin

"...strange stone coffins with hollows scooped out in the for the bodies. They lay scattered about a pebbly yard." (The Whistle, the Grave, and the Ghost, 109).

The abbey was founded in 1128 by King David I. During the 15th century, the abbey guesthouse was developed into a royal residence, and after the Scottish Reformation the Palace of Holyroodhouse was expanded further. The abbey church was used as a parish church until the 17th century, and has been ruined since the 18th century.  The roofless nave is all that remains of the medieval abbey buildings[1].

Rood: (archaic) crucifix, cross[2].

See also


  1. Wikipedia: Holyrood Abbey
  2. Wiktionary: rood

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