Dercongal Abbey

Also known as Holywood Abbey. Premonstratensian monastic community in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The date of its foundation is unsure, but it was a Premonstratensian monastic community by 1225. The founder was probably Lord Alan of Galloway. The name Dercongal seems to come from Doire Congaill = Congall’s oak-copse, making reference to Saint Congall. The abbot of Dercongal also became known as the abbot de Sacro Nemore = of the Holy Wood, and then Holywood in English. The abbey was secularized in the 16th century and in the beginning of the 17th century was turned into a secular lordship. The ruins of the abbey were demolished in the last quarter of the 18th century. Profiled monks of Dercongal include