Bective Abbey — from Mainistir Bheigth? (Abbey of Beigtheach)
This Cistercian abbey was founded in 1147 as a "daughter house" of Mellifont Abbey.
The community here was Anglo-Norman. In 1386 men of Irish birth were effectively barred from entering the monastery. The cloister (a covered walkway for contemplation and prayer) and the domestic buildings where the monks lived and worked, were rebuilt on a smaller scale in the 15th century. Two sections of this cloister walkway survive; there is a carving of an unidentified ecclesiastic at one corner.
A large defensive tower was built above the south range of the abbey in the 15th century, a reflection of troubled times in the English Pale.
After Bective was "dissolved" in 1536, as part of the campaign by Henry VIII to control the wealth and power of the church, the complex was converted into a great mansion with the insertion of new fireplaces, chimneys and large stone windows.
Nothing remains of the original 12th century monastery. The church was rebuilt in the 13th century, but all that survives of it is one wall of the aisled nave.
In 1147 a buna?odh an mhainistir Chirst?irseach seo mar "in?onteach" ag an Mainistir Mh?r.
Comhthion?il Angla-Normannach a bh? inti agus, i nd?ir?re, bh? cosc ar fhir a rugadh in ?irinn dul isteach sa mhainistir i 1386. Sa 15? haois, at?gadh go hioml?n ar sc?la n?os l? an clabhstra (si?l?n cl?daithe le haghaidh gu? agus machnaimh) agus na tithe inar ch?naigh agus inar shaothraigh na manaigh. T? dh? chuid den si?l?n ann i gc?na?; t? f?or shnoite de chl?ireach anaithnid i gc?inne amh?in. T?gadh t?r m?r cosanta os cionn chliath?n theas na mainistreach sa 15? haois, l?iri? ar chorra?l na haimsire i bP?il Shasana.
Tar ?is a dcaoilte i 1536, mar chuid d'fheachtas Anra? VIII d'fhonn forl?mhas a fh?il ar mhaoin agus ar chumhacht na heaglais, rinneadh mainteach m?r den mhainistir tr? thinte?in nua, simil?ir agus fuinneoga m?ra cloiche a chur inti.
N?l aon chuid de Mhainistir an 12? haois f?gtha anois. At?gadh an eaglais sa 13? haois, ach n?l f?gtha di inniu ach balla amh?in den chorp taobhrannach.