InspirationThe 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.
Rood: (archaic) crucifix, cross.