After a nice lunch we drove the 10 or so miles to Jedburgh. I'd never been there before and thought it a lovely town dominated by the old castle-like jail on top of a hill at the head of the town's main street. We first visited the jail which was on a prominent site where there was originally a castle built in the 12th century by King David I. Being only ten miles from the border with England the castle was constantly fought over and by the 1400's had fallen into disrepair.
It was a relief to get outside again and warm up a bit! We went to look at Jedburgh Abbey nearby. It was a large building quite well preserved. We didn't actually go into it as you had to pay but wandered around the perimeter. Jedburgh is a small town of 4000 inhabitants today, but was clearly was an important religious seat in past times.
|Mary, Queen of Scots House|
The walls are wood panelled, the floors stone flags. In one room there are panels painted with the images of people who played a role in Mary's eventful life. A family tree shows all the royal inter-connections between those vying for the throne of England at the time. There is also a death mask of Mary taken after her execution in at Fotheringhay Castle1587 in the museum which shows her to have been a very beautiful woman.