Camptown, Scottish Borders

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Camptown is a small settlement on the A68, in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, 5m (8 km) south of Jedburgh, and the same distance south to Carter Bar. The village lies on the course of the Jed Water, and the remains of a peel tower are close by at Edgerston.

The village has a church and village hall at nearby Edgerston, a bus service to Jedburgh and Newcastle, a memorial cairn, and a telephone box. Schooling takes place in Jedburgh.

Other places nearby are Bairnkine, Bonchester Bridge, Crailing, Ferniehirst Castle, Hobkirk, the Jed Water, Mossburnford, and Oxnam.


Scottish settlers named the town in Pennsylvania after the Borders settlement, which in turn was the inspiration for the minstrel song Camptown Races by Stephen Foster.[1][2] The village roadsign has appeared on postcards for comedic effect.[3]

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Coordinates: 55°24′53″N 2°30′29″W / 55.4147°N 2.5080°W / 55.4147; -2.5080