Dyrburgh Abbey was founded in 1150 in an agreement between Hugh de Morville, Constable of Scotland and the Premonstratensian Canons and was the first and largest of six monasteries established in Scotland by the Premonstratensian Order of Canons.
In 1786 David Steuart Erskine, the 11th Earl of Buchan purchased Dryburgh House creating a beautiful and serene landscape incorporating and preserving the ruins of the abbey. He is buried in the abbey in the family vault.
Sir Walter Scott and his family are buried in the North Transept of the abbey. The abbey was once owned by his paternal ancestors, the Haliburtons.