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Jedburgh

A border town on the Jed which has the ruins of a splendid Abbey, founded in 1118 by David I Mary, Queen of Scot6s lodged in a house in the town when she came to open the Justice Aire, or Circuit Court, in October 1566. The house in which she stayed is preserved as a museum. Prince Charles Edward Stuart stayed in the Castlegate for a night in 1745. Wordsworth lodged at 5 Abbey Close in 1803.

Burns visited Jedburgh during his Border tour, and lodged in No 27 Canongate, from the 8th to the 11th of May. In his Journal of the tour, he relates that he was: 'waited on by the Maagistrates and presented with the freedom of the burgh'. He did not, however, sign the burgess roll, and until 1939 his burgess ticket was believed lost. In that year, however, it came up for sale. Unfortunately, Jedburgh was unable to raise the money to buy it back. According to Andrew McCallum, in the Burns Chronicle, 1942, the ticket recorsds that on 11th May 1787; 'Robert Burns Esquire was entered and recived into the Libertys of this Burgh, Create and make a free Burges and Guild Brother of the same, who gave his Oath with all Ceremonies used and wont. Whereupon he required Acts of Court and protested for an Extract of the same under the Common Seal of this Burgh.'

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