Queen Mary's House, Jedburgh
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.30
Sunday - 11.00 - 16.00
Located in the centre of Jedburgh town stands a defensible tower house, known as a bastle, built by Sir Thomas Ker of Ferniehirst. Mary Queen of Scots lodged here during her visit to the town in 1566. After her famous ride to Hermitage Castle to visit Bothwell she fell ill with frostbite and an attack of porphyria (known as the Stuart sickness). Sir Thomas and his wife Janet Kirkcaldy looked after Mary during her recovery. The Queen remained in the Ker house for one month, the disbursements of the royal purse showing ‘to Lady Fernihirst a sum of £40, for the use of the house she had occupied during the thirty days she abode at Jedburgh.’
Look out for the Ker left handed staircase and the death mask of the ill fated Queen of Scots.