Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Jedburgh



Jedburgh is an attractive market town in the Scottish Borders. It is situated on the banks of the Jed water and is about 10 miles from the English Border. This historic town has had a turbulent past and has been raided and attacked by both Scottish and English forces many times. 


Jedburgh Abbey overlooking the Jed Water

The town is home to the ruinous Jedburgh Abbey and in 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in a house in the town that has now become a museum. Jedburgh Castle was built in the 12th century and was fought over many times during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Unfortunately, although it was occasionally used as a Scottish royal residence the castle was demolished by the Scots in 1409. In 1823 a jail was built on the site of the old castle. This closed in 1868 but has been restored to its original appearance and is now open to the pubic as Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum.

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey was founded by King David I in 1138. It was originally both a priory and monastery and was home to a group Augustinian Canons until the 16th century. The abbey had a torrid time during the Wars of Scottish Independence and suffered many raids and attacks. These continued throughout the following centuries as the abbey slowly fell into disrepair. By the time of the Reformation in 1560 the abbey was in a poor state and was allowed to fall into disrepair. The church was used as a parish church until 1871 although some repairs were carried to in the late 1800's the abbey and church were never used again.

The Nave


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