The history of Jedburgh… and Jedburgh?

The history of Jedburgh especially in the middle and late Medieval period and beyond is fascinating. Being only 12 miles north west of the present English border, like many towns in the borderlands it has found itself caught up with the constant fighting between England and Scotland. The tug of war between the two sides is a well known topic of history that is still felt keenly even today. I don’t have the time or space to go into an in-depth look at Jedburgh’s history during this period and I don’t pretend to know more than the basics anyway, so hopefully you will all forgive me for glossing over this time period quickly. My main interest after all is the Jedburgh, or more accurately the two Jedburgh’s of the 9th century. Continue reading

Melrose, a tale of two abbeys

Scottish Gaelic: Maol Ros Melrose Abbey is one of those beautiful medieval monastic ruins that bring to mind images of Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Or perhaps it is this Scottish abbey’s long association with Robert the Bruce and Sir … Continue reading

Northumbrian rebellion in 862 and the exile of King Burghred of Mercia

After nearly six months of warfare with Wessex, the pagan army went to London in Mercia for their winter quarters to recuperate. Burghred, the King of Mercia at that time and brother-in-law of King Alfred, purchased a truce from them … Continue reading

First world blogging problems

I have reached a bit of a dilemma this week. Many of the ideas I have had for posts have been a bit heavy on the information side. They have been interesting (well, to me at least), but after writing … Continue reading

Save the Whithorn Trust

English: Archaeological dig, Whithorn Priory T...

English: Archaeological dig, Whithorn Priory The skeletons being unearthed were thought to be from about 1250 but it was going to take much more research to date them accurately. This was in 1990. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Whithorn Trust has set up a petition of support in the hope of being granted funding for their archaeological, historical and other research ventures that they provide for the Whithorn area and South-Western Scotland in general. Continue reading