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Fenton Tower (4 of 5)

It was the laird of Fenton, Sir John Carmichael, who in 1575 touched off the Border fight known as the Raid of the Redeswire, one of the last of such struggles between the Scots and the English, at an official level. He was Scots Warden of the Middle March at the time - an unusual position for a Lothians laird, but he was a crony of the Regent Morton (see Drochil castle following) then ruling Scotland ostensibly in the name of the young King James Sixth. At one of the statutory meetings of the Wardens, on the Borderline, to discuss Border affairs, his English counterpart made a derogatory remark about his status, and when Carmichael objected, the English answered with a flight or arrows - but Scotland won the day with the timeous arrival of the Provost of Jedburgh and his men shouting "Jethart's here!" This has remained Jedburgh's slogan ever since - and their annual riding festival is centred round this incident.


Sir John was murdered by some Borderers in 1600.

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Taken on September 19, 2008