Bedrule

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Bedrule
Bedrule is located in Scottish Borders
Bedrule
Bedrule
Bedrule shown within the Scottish Borders
Population 183 
OS grid reference NT5992917931
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Hawick
Postcode district TD9
Dialling code 01450
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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UK
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55°27′14″N 2°38′02″W / 55.454°N 2.634°W / 55.454; -2.634Coordinates: 55°27′14″N 2°38′02″W / 55.454°N 2.634°W / 55.454; -2.634
Ruberslaw Parish Church, Bedrule

Bedrule (Scottish Gaelic: Ruail Bheathaig) is a hamlet and civil parish in the historic county of Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland. The hamlet lies on the east side of the Rule Water, which gave the village its name, about 4 miles west of Jedburgh. It lies south of the A698 between Hawick and Jedburgh. Other local place-names based on the river include Hallrule, Abbotrule, Ruletownhead and Spittal-on-Rule. Larger settlements include Bonchester Bridge and Denholm, as well as Hawick and Jedburgh.

The Rule Water forms the western boundary of the parish, separating it from Hobkirk and Cavers. The north-west boundary is on or near the Teviot, beyond which lies Ancrum. The parish is bounded on the east and south by Jedburgh parish.[1]

Bedrule lies on the path of the Borders Abbeys Way, a long-distance trail.

The civil parish has a population of 185 (in 2011).[2]

Bedrule Kirk[edit]

Clan Turnbull

Bedrule Kirk, a category B listed building, is linked with Denholm and Minto churches, and it has a memorial plaque with a link to the wartime Enigma Project:

"IN LOVING MEMORY OF FRANCIS ANTHONY BLAIR FASSON, LIEUTENANT, G.C. R.N. - KILLED IN ACTION IN AN ENEMY SUBMARINE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 30TH OCTOBER 1942".

First Lieutenant of HMS Petard, Anthony Fasson (a native of Lanton, Scottish Borders) died while recovering Enigma code books from a sinking German submarine.

There is another plaque in memory of Bishop William Turnbull who, in 1451, received permission from King James II to add the University of Glasgow to the city's cathedral.

The church was remodelled externally in 1803[3] and internally, by Thomas Greenshields Leadbetter in 1914, at which time sections were also added to create a cruciform plan. The stained glass includes work by Douglas Strachan.[4] It lies on the southern edge of the village. The church manse lies a further 100m to the south-west.

Bedrule Castle[edit]

Bedrule Castle was the 16th century seat of Clan Turnbull. It stood on the west side of the river Rule, where the river forms a bow, enclosing the ground on almost three sides. Only a mound now remains to mark its site, just west of the village.

The slightly more intact remnants of a fortified tower stand on land further to the west. This is locally known as Fulton Tower.

Famous Residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, by, Francis Groome, 2nd Edition 1896,. Article on Bedrule
  2. ^ Census of Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usually Resident Population, publ. by National Records of Scotland. Web site http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ retrieved Feb 2016. See “Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930
  3. ^ http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/16917
  4. ^ https://www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/bedrule-church
  5. ^ http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/16917

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