toun in Scots Borders

Jethart or Jeddart,[1] is a toun an umwhile ryal burgh in the Scots Borders an historically in Roxburghshire.

Jeddart, Jethart

"Strenue et Prospere", Earnestly an Successfully
Jedburgh is located in Scottish Borders
Location within the Mairches
OS grid referenceNT6520
• Edinburgh40.899 mi (65.821 km)
• Lunnon292.766 mi (471.161 km)
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictTD8
Diallin code01835
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
55°28′37″N 2°32′46″W / 55.477°N 2.546°W / 55.477; -2.546Coordinates: 55°28′37″N 2°32′46″W / 55.477°N 2.546°W / 55.477; -2.546



Bishop Ecgred o Lindisfarne foondit a kirk at Jedburgh in the 9t century, an Keeng David I o Scotland made it a priory atween 1118 an 1138, hoosin Augustinian monks frae Beauvais in Fraunce. The aibey wis foondit in 1147, but mairch wars wi Ingland in the 16t century left it a ruin.

The deeply releegious Scots keeng Malcolm IV dee'd at Jethart in 1165, aged 24. His daith is thocht tae hae been caused bi excessive fastin.

David I biggit a castle at Jethart, an in 1174 it wis ane o five fortresses cedit tae Ingland. It wis an occasional ryal residence for the Scots. It wis demolished in 1409.[2]

Jethart Aibey
Panorama o Jethart Castle

In 1258, Jethart was a focus of royal attention, with negotiations atween Scotland's Alexander III and England's Henry III over the succession to the Scottish throne, leaving the Comyn faction dominant. Alexander III was married to Yolande in the abbey in 1285.[3]

Its proximity to England made it subject to raids and skirmishes by both Scottish and English forces but its strategic position also brocht the town valuable trade. At various times and at various locations the town supported a horse market, a cattle market, a corn market and a butcher market. Farm workers and servants also attended hiring fairs seeking employment.[4]

Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed at a certain house in the town in 1566 and that house is now a museum.[5]

The title "Lord of Jedburgh Forest" was granted to George Douglas, 1st Earl of Angus on his marriage to the Princess Mary, dochter of Robert III in 1397. It is a subsidiary title of the present Earl of Angus, the Duke of Hamilton. The Duke of Douglas was raised to the position of Viscount Jedburgh Forest, but he died without an heir in 1761.

In 1745, the Jacobite army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart passed through the town on its way to England, and the Prince also stayed there. The Castle Prison opened in 1823.[2]

In 1787, the geologist James Hutton noted what is now known as the Hutton Unconformity[6] at Inchbonny, near Jedburgh.[7][8] Layers of sedimentary rock which are tilted almost vertically are covered by newer horizontal layers of red sandstone.[9] This was one of the findings that led him to develop his concept of an immensely long geologic time scale with "no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end."[6]

The Scots name for the town is part of the expression "Jeddart justice" or "Jethart Justice", in which a man was hanged first, and tried afterwards.[10]

Several notable people were born in the town, including Mary Somerville (1780–1872), the eminent scientist and writer, after whom Somerville College, Oxford is named.

Ithers include Conservative MP Michael Ancram in 1945. James Thomson (1700–1748) who wrote "Rule Britannia", was born in Ednam, a village only twelve miles away, but he was educated in Jedburgh. David Brewster, physicist, mathematician, scientist, writer and inventor of the kaleidoscope, was born in Jedburgh in 1781. The popular preacher Rev. Robert Aitken (1800 - 1873) was born in Crailing near Jedburgh. General Sir Bindon Blood was born nearby in 1842. Alexander Jeffrey (F.S.A. Scot.) was a solicitor in the town and was also the county historian. He died in Jedburgh in 1874. The author and broadcaster Lavinia Derwent was born in a farmhouse a few miles outside Jedburgh in 1909.

The toun's best kent rugby sons are the scrum-haufs, Roy Laidlaw an Gary Armstrong. Umehile Scotland rugby team caiptain Greig Laidlaw an aw hails frae Jedburgh.


  1. "Scots Language Centre: Scottish Place Names in Scots". Archived frae the original on 19 Mairch 2020. Retrieved 12 Januar 2013.
  3. Sharon Bennett Connolly (15 September 2017). Heroines of the Medieval World. Amberley Publishing. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-1-4456-6265-7.
  4. Olsen, Judy (2003). Old Jedburgh. Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing. p. 3. ISBN 9781840332360. Archived frae the original on 15 December 2019. Retrieved 26 Julie 2018.
  5. "Mary Queen of Scots House". 2012–2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. a b American Museum of Natural History (2000). "James Hutton: The Founder of Modern Geology". Earth: Inside and Out. Archived frae the original on 3 Mairch 2016. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  7. Graphic Design Section (1999). "Border Brains Walks Berwickshire". Scottish Borders Council. Archived frae the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 29 Juin 2012.
  8. Keith Montgomery (2003). "Siccar Point and Teaching the History of Geology" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 26 Mairch 2008.
  9. "Visitor Attractions. Hutton's Unconformity". Jedburgh online. Archived frae the original on 2 Februar 2012. Retrieved 29 Juin 2012. Whilst visiting Allar's Mill on the Jed Water, Hutton was delighted to see horizontal bands of red sandstone lying 'unconformably' on top of near vertical and folded bands of rock. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  10. Trimble, Kim. "The Reivers". (in Inglis). Archived frae the original on 28 Mairch 2018. Retrieved 28 Mairch 2018.