Jed Water

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The Jed Water near Jedburgh

The Jed Water also known locally as "The River Helmet" is a river and a tributary of the River Teviot in the Borders region of Scotland.

In total the Jed Water is over 20 miles (32 km) long. It flows into the Teviot near Jedfoot Bridge (grid reference NT660243) from a source in the Cheviot Hills.

The river in past times was the main source of water for the monks living in Jedburgh Abbey. It also powered a watermill in the town of Jedburgh although this no longer exists. It gives its name to Jedburgh and Jedforest.

The name Jed is of obscure origin.[1] James has suggested that it may derive from Proto-Indo-European *wei(h1)- d- "a bend, something curved or twisted".[2] He also notes that Scots Gedde- in Jedburgh may have been adopted from Cumbric gwï:δ "a wood", and that the river name may be a back-formation.[3]

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  1. ^ Mills, A. D. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 261.
  2. ^ James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence (PDF). Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. pp. 380–381. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-11.
  3. ^ James, Alan G. (2014). The Brittonic Language in the Old North: A Guide to the Place-name Evidence (PDF). Volume 2: Guide to the Elements. p. 385. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-11.

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Coordinates: 55°30′41″N 2°32′24″W / 55.51127°N 2.53992°W / 55.51127; -2.53992