Jedburgh Castle

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Jedburgh Castle Jail
Panorama of Jedburgh Castle

Jedburgh Castle was a castle at Jedburgh in Scotland. It was fought over during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and was demolished by the Scots commanded by Sir James Douglas of Balvenie in 1409.[1] The site of the original castle was used to build the reform prison based on John Howard (prison reformer) system, the construction of which started in 1820.

Jedburgh Castle Jail[edit]

In 1823 a jail was built on the site to designs by Archibald Elliot. It was modified in 1847 by Thomas Brown.[2] This closed in 1868. The building was restored to an 1820s appearance in 1968 by Aitken and Turnbull.[2] It opened to the public as Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum. The museum features local history displays.

On the Thursday after Shrove Tuesday, the town has played a Ba Game since 1704. The uppies team use the castle to record their victories.[3]

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  1. ^ Sir James Balfour Paul, Scots Peerage Edinburgh 1904. Vol iii, p 173
  2. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "Castlegate, Jedburgh Castle Old Jail with Exercise Yard Walls, Fortifications, Portcullis Gates, Entrance Gates and Outer Embankment Wall (Category A Listed Building) (LB35482)". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "In pictures: Jedburgh's ba' game battles". BBC News. 2020-02-27. Retrieved 2020-02-29.

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Coordinates: 55°28′27″N 2°33′32″W / 55.47417°N 2.55889°W / 55.47417; -2.55889