What is the connection between Oxford University, and Sweetheart Abbey?
Devorgilla's husband John came from Barnard Castle in the North of England. He also had another estate in England, and yet others in France. But he and Devorgilla loved each other very much, and he decided to live with her in the south of Scotland. This was a time of great happiness for the couple, as they brought up their young family. It was also a period of stability for the area.
Whilst they were extremely wealthy people, they were also great benefactors. John had decided that he wanted to establish a college at Oxford. He also provided funds for the education of needy students there.
Thus, we have the connection with Oxford University.
The name of Devorgilla's husband was John Balliol. The College, is the world famous Balliol College.