Jedburgh and Its Complex History

in History

Located within the Scottish Borders region, Jedburgh has historically seen a great deal of action over its long history. In the past, it has often been raided by both English and Scottish forces, depending on its current occupation at any given time. The control of Jedburgh proved to be something important to forces on either side of the warring factions.

A church was built in Jedburgh in the 9th Century and was eventually made into an abbey in 1147. Although wars eventually destroyed the abbey, it was left in ruins. These ruins are still open to visitation to this day, making for a great location for anyone visiting Jedburgh to visit.

Many different figures from both Scottish and British history have been through Jedburgh. The King Malcolm IV of Scotland died here during the 12th Century, while Mary, Queen of Scots stayed at a house in the town which is presently a museum. The Jacobite army made use of the town in 1745, when it passed through on its way to England.

Jedburgh is currently without a rail service, although it is easily accessible through the many roads leading to and from the town. Many other towns are located within a mere 20 miles of Jedburgh, making it small and quaint while still having access to larger settlements should the need arise. One could easily go to Jedburgh for a quiet rest while not having to fear about being too remote.

The most popular reason to visit Jedburgh is the ruins of the abbey. A major archaeological dig was conducted there in 1984, with much of the results being displayed in the museum connected to the abbey ruins. The Jedburgh Castle Jail, opened in the early 1800s, is also open to the public for a tour of history. Visiting Jedburgh gives anyone the chance to learn more about the rich history of this region.

Author Box
Simon Haughtone has 1 articles online

To find a hotel in Jedburgh just click here.

Add New Comment

Jedburgh and Its Complex History

Log in or Create Account to post a comment.
Security Code: Captcha Image Change Image
This article was published on 2010/04/03