Kinloss Road, SM5

PLACE NAME

Kinloss Abbey in Kinloss, Scotland is a Cistercian abbey built in 1150 by Scottish King, David I for a community of monks from Melrose Abbey. The name is mentioned in 1187 as Kynloss and in 1251 as Kinlos, it probably means head of the garden, coming from the Gaelic word for head, Ceann. Having been given many gifts of land from the king and his successors the abbey flourished and became one of the largest and wealthiest in Scotland. It was closed in about 1560 during the Reformation of Parliament which saw the old Catholic order give way to the rise of Protestantism. Later, its materials were sold to Cromwell who used them to build a Citadel in Inverness. Like many of the roads on the St Helier’s estate this is named after British monasteries and abbeys in remembrance of the area’s historic ownership by Westminster Abbey. The road names are in alphabetical order, of which Aberconway Road in the north west of the estate is first.

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