Lindores Abbey Distillery

Are you of legal drinking age in your country of origin?

Thanks for visiting Lindores Abbey Distillery

Loading Basket
Your Basket
The Monks

THE TIRONENSIANS

The monks who arrived at Lindores in 1191 from Kelso in the borders of Scotland, to build and populate the monastery, were Benedictines from the Order of Tiron, France, or Tironensians.
Earl David knew and respected these hard-working men, who favoured a practical life within a cloistered environment.
The Tironensians were masons, distillers, brewers, carpenters, blacksmiths, sculptors, painters, gardeners, beekeepers, farmers and husbandmen, and they all played a part in the work of the Abbey.
There were probably around thirty monks at any one time based at Lindores during the Abbey’s existence.

Craftsmen & Cultivators

The Tironensians were well regarded for their horticultural and medicinal skills. Unlike other religious orders, they were often involved in manual and agricultural labour as they believed hard work cleansed the soul. They also felt a duty to share the knowledge and skills they brought with them from France.

When they first arrived at Lindores, the land on which the Abbey was built and all of the land around it had to be tamed and then properly cultivated. The massive orchards that sprung up around the Abbey bore testament to the monks’ skill.

At their height, the Lindores orchards covered over 30 acres and were the largest in Scotland, growing apples, pears and plums.

Wode

Enlightened Men

The monks were academics and educators, and they allocated days each week to teaching members of the community both practical skills as well as more cerebral subjects, like calligraphy and manuscript illustration.

Thomas Wode, a Lindores monk, collected a variety of religious music into a famous illustrated manuscript, the Wode Psalters, which is now housed at St Andrews University.

Next Up

The build

The build

Stay up to date

Thank you for signing up to receive our monthly newsletter. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at info@lindoresabbeydistillery.com. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.