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

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.

See also


  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) (LB35482)". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

External links

  • Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum - official site at Scottish Borders Council
  • RCAHMS record of Jedburgh Castle Jail
  • Gazetteer for Scotland: Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum
  • SCRAN image: Jedburgh Castle Gaol

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

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