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WILLIAM WALLACE [1]
This giant statue of Sir William Wallace, hero of many years of battling with the neighbouring English in the 13th century, stands in the grounds of Bemersyde House.
Like most memorials in the area it was commissioned by David Stuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan. This huge statue of the ‘Guardian of Scotland’ stands 31 feet high in total, with the actual statue being 21½ feet high.
Made of red sandstone, by John Smith of Darnick, Wallace stands looking out over the Tweed with his broadsword in his right hand and his shield resting at his left. Originally painted white, the statue was unveiled on 22nd September 1814.

On the pedestal is inscribed:
“Wallace, great patriot hero ill requited chief
MDCCCXIV”

The years having taken their toll, the Saltire Society raised by public appeal, funding to renovate the statue in 1991. The renovation was carried out by Bob Heath/Graciella Glenn Ainsworth. At the base there is an urn with the patriotic inscription:

“Peerless knight of Elderslie
Who wav’d on Ayr’s romantic shore
The beamy torch of liberty,
And roaming round from sea to sea
From glade obscure of gloomy rock
His bold companion call’d to free
The realm from Edward’s iron yoke.”

 

MELROSE ABBEY [1]
One of the four great Border Abbeys built during the 12th century. Home of the Cistercian Order in the reign of David I. Originally very plain, when it was rebuilt in the 15th century, it became very ornate. Much still standing. Reputed to be the burial place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. The Commendator’s House close by houses artefacts and carvings which have been found over the years.

ABBOTSFORD HOUSE [1]
This is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, novelist and author of timeless classics. The house has a fine collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and a large library of rare volumes.

SMAILHOLM TOWER [1]
This is a well preserved and well restored border tower house dating from the 15th century. Situated on Sandyknowe Farm, it is visible for miles around. Formerly the home of the Pringles of Smailholm and later that of the Scotts of Harden, it was well known to Sir Walter Scott who came to Sandyknowe regularly to visit his grandfather.
The tower was surrounded by a barmkin wall, which enclosed the outhouses, chapel and kitchen.
Three storeys in height with a garret and parapet, it now houses an excellent display of dolls which illustrate the stories from Scott’s ‘Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border’.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS HOUSE [1]
Formerly named Mary Queen of Scots House, this property tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots, her tragic life, and of her visit to Jedburgh in 1566.

FAMILY ATTRACTIONS
There is so much for everyone to do in the Borders, here is just a taster

HARESTANES COUNTRYSIDE VISITOR CENTRE
This centre offers events, exhibitions and countryside walks for all the family. Has the biggest and best children’s play park in the Borders.

JEDFOREST DEER AND FARM PARK
Ranger led activities, and talks on farming and environment. Nature trail. Hands-on interpretation barn.

TWEED VALLEY OSPREY PROJECT
This gives the opportunity to watch live TV coverage of the return of the osprey to the Scottish Borders. The pictures are beamed to two visitor centres - at Glentress Forest Visitor Centre and Kailzie Gardens Visitor Centre.

TRAQUAIR HOUSE [1]
One of the 7 great houses of Scotland. It is the oldest continuously occupied house in Scotland, and was the pleasure ground of the Kings of Scotland in times of peace, and the hideaway of catholic priests during their persecution.

FLOORS CASTLE AND GARDENS [1]
Floors is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family.


 

 
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