"Ferniehirst Castle" Jedburgh Things to Do Tip by ringleader
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You can make an appointment in the visitor's center in Jedburgh to see the Kerr family's Ferniehirst Castle. Coming from Jedburgh, you can see the VERY, VERY old "hanging tree" on the right hand side of the road (it is now split in half) where the hot-headed, violent Kerrs hung the English during times of unrest between the borders.
Inside Ferniehirst Castle you will find Kerr family antiques, the original "Red Boy" painting ("Red Boy" was William Kerr), and carpet the Lothians had specially made to match the carpet in the painting.
Also, Bonnie Prince Charlie had a custom of leaving something of his wherever he stopped during his journeys. Ferniehirst Caslte displays Bonnie Prince Charlie's shoe-buckles.
It is a nice place to see if you have Kerr ancestors, or if you have extra time. But, if you are pressed for time or have no family interest, you'd enjoy Scotland's other castles just as well, if not more.
"The original entrance leads to a stair known as the 'Left-Handed Staircase', the story being that when Sir Andrew Kerr, who was himself left-handed, returned from Flodden in 1513 he had his followers trained to use their weapons with their left hands. This is said to be the origin of 'Corrie-fisted' or 'Kerr handed'. The basement is vaulted, and the hall has a 16th-century fireplace.
Ferniehirst was a property of the Kerrs and first built by Sir Thomas Kerr in 1476 on the remains of an earlier foundation, but was sacked by the English in 1523. It was recaptured with French help in 1549, and the leader of the English garrison was beheaded. Sir Thomas Kerr, protector of Mary, Queen of Scots invaded England in 1570, hoping to have her released, but all that resulted was an raid on Scotland, during which Ferniehirst was damaged. James VI destroyed the castle in 1593 because of help given by the family to the Earl of Bothwell.
The castle was rebuilt about 1598." -tripod
Address: Just 1.5 miles south of Jedburgh
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