Join me on this journey into A SENSE OF PLACE where I will be:
- Featuring places connected with my own family history
- Highlighting places with happy memories
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal
- Linking my interests in history, travel and photography
J is for:
JEDBURGH - The small historic burgh (known locally as Jethart) lies on the banks of the Jed Water, 10 miles north of the English-Scottish Borders. It is most famous for its ruined 12th century Augustinian Abbey, founded by King David in 1138.
I worked for five years in the local tourist information centre, where we got used to such quirky queries as " Was the Abbey bombed during the war?" and "When are they going to rebuild the Abbey." A straight face was called for on occasions!
Jethart Justice - was the term given to the medieval practice of "hang first and try later".
Famous Borderers born in Jedburgh:
David Brewster (1781-1868) became a leading physicist renowned for his work on optics and polarisation. Did you know he invented the children's toy - the kaleidoscope? .
It helped to have a good knowledge of history and a liking for trivia facts when working in a tourist information centre such as Jedburgh!