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Duns was created a Burgh of Barony in 1490, and is a former county town of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. The feudal Laird is Alexander Hay of Duns and Drumelzier, his family acquired Duns Castle in 1696 and were responsible for the present Gothic edifice, prior to that it had been a substantial Pele tower belonging to the descendants of the Earl of Moray, who had been granted the estate by Robert I. Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... Events Tirant Lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell, Martí Joan De Galba is published. ... A county town is the capital of a county in Ireland or the United Kingdom. ... Berwickshire (Siorrachd Bhearaig in Gaelic) is a committee area of the Scottish Borders Council and a Lieutenancy area of Scotland, on the border with England. ... Scottish Borders (often referred to locally as The Borders or The Borderland) is one of 35 local government unitary council areas of Scotland. ... Duns Castle. ... The year 1696 had the earliest equinoxes and solstices for 400 years in the Gregorian calendar, because this year is a leap year and the Gregorian calendar would have behaved like the Julian calendar since March 1500 had it have been in use that long. ... Besides its original meaning, of or relating to the Goths (Gothos, Getas), a Germanic tribe and thus the Gothic language and the Gothic alphabet, the word Gothic has been used to refer to distinctly different things: From a Renaissance perspective (originally Italian, gotico, with connotations of rough, barbarous), it conveyed... Peel towers (spelt Pele towers in England) are small fortified keeps, built along the English and Scottish Borders, intended as watch towers where signal fires could be lit to warn of approaching danger. ... Robert I, the Bruce, in a conjectural drawing Robert I, (Roibert a Briuis in medieval Gaelic, Raibeart Bruis in modern Scottish Gaelic and Robert de Brus or Robert de Bruys in Norman French), usually known in modern English today as Robert the Bruce (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329), was...


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Country Houses

A famous Edwardian mansion Manderston House (rebuilt 1903), lies just outside the burgh on the A6105 road to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the home of a Liberal Peer, The Lord Palmer. 2 miles east of Manderston stands early 18th century Edrom House (after architect James Smith), and just two miles east of Edrom stands Blanerne House (rebuilt by architect William Burn in 1895) with its nearby ruined mediaeval Pele Tower. Nisbet House (c1630) with its great Tower (1774) about 1.5 miles south of the town, is currently being restored as a private home. Two miles east of Duns stands Wedderburn Castle (1771-5, architects Robert Adam and James Adam built on site of the earlier Pele Tower. It is the seat of the Home of Wedderburn family. Further west lies Kimmerghame House (1851, architect David Bruce), a Scottish Baronial mansion almost destroyed by fire in 1947 and rebuilt. Now the seat of a former Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire, Major-General Sir John Swinton of Swinton (Father of the actress Tilda Swinton). The district surrounding Duns once had a considerable number of famous Country Houses. Manderston House, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, is the home of Adrian Bailie Nottage Palmer, 4th Lord Palmer. ... Map sources for Berwick-upon-Tweed at grid reference NT9952 Berwick-upon-Tweed from across the river Berwick-upon-Tweed, (pronounced Berrick) situated in the county of Northumberland, is the northernmost town in England, situated on the east coast on the mouth of the river Tweed. ... Look up peer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... There are articles for several people named James Smith: Sir James Smith (1759 - 1828) was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society James Smith (ca. ... William Burn (1789-1870) was a Scottish architect. ... Peel towers (spelt Pele towers in England) are small fortified keeps, built along the English and Scottish Borders, intended as watch towers where signal fires could be lit to warn of approaching danger. ... Wedderburn Castle, Duns, Berwickshire is a historic home of the Earls of Home. ... Robert Adam Robert Adam (3 July 1728 - 3 March 1792) was a Scottish architect, interior designer and furniture designer, born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. ... James Adam (21 July 1732 – 20 October 1794) was a Scottish architect and furniture designer, but was often overshadowed by his older brother and business partner, Robert Adam. ... David Bruce jr. ... Flag of a Lord-Lieutenant The title Lord-Lieutenant is given to the British monarchs personal representatives around the United Kingdom. ... Berwickshire (Siorrachd Bhearaig in Gaelic) is a committee area of the Scottish Borders Council and a Lieutenancy area of Scotland, on the border with England. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Katherine Mathilda Swinton (born November 5, 1960), better known as Tilda Swinton, is a British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. ...

The Ba game of Duns

This is a kind of mediaeval football. Three balls or "Ba"s were required for this game; the first was gold, the second silvered, and the third coloured or spotted. A fourth was provided in case of mishap, and if not needed was presented to the subscriber whose entertainment had been most hospitable, the Hay family at Duns Castle usually being the recipients. Medieval ball game played in Scotland, perhaps most notably in Orkney, around Christmas and New Year. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Duns Castle. ...

At mid-day the honour of throwing up the ball would be auctioned in the Kirkyard. The throw would invariably be performed by a member of the Duns Castle family. At 1 o'clock the game began, the Ba being thrown up in the Market Square. The goal for the married men was the pulpit of the church, if this happened then the church bell would rung by the victors. The goal of the bachelors was the hopper of any of the grinding mills in the district, the nearest being over a mile away. If a bachelor won the Ba he would be dusted with flour and receive a meal of pork & dumplings from the miller.

The game was revived in 1949 as part of the Duns Summer Festival. The goals are now at opposite corners of the Market Square, by the White Swan hotel and the Post Office.

The town is popular with walkers, many of whom scale the Duns Law hill.


  • Borders and Berwick by Charles Alexander Strang, Rutland Press, 1994, (P/B), ISBN 1-873190-10-7

Coordinates: 55°46′N 2°21′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



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