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was formerly one of the ancient counties of Scotland, but was
abolished in 1975 during local government reorganisation. Its
county town, after which it is named, had been Berwick-upon-Tweed,
but the royal burgh changed hands in 1482, subsequently becoming
part of the county of Northumberland, in England. Thereafter the
county's administration was conducted at Duns or Lauder until
Greenlaw became the county town in 1596.
Here are some facts about Berwickshire:
When visiting Berwickshire's Ayton Castle in 1873, the
writer Mark Twain fell in love with it's dining-room fireplace
and insisted on buying it for himself. The fireplace now stands
in the Mark Twain Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
James Hutton, a farmer from Berwickshire, was the first
man to notice that the earth's surface is continually regenerating
itself, driven by heat from within.
The Oscar winning 'Mrs Brown' based on Queen Victoria's
relationship with one of her groomsmen, John Brown, starring Judy
Dench and Billy Connolly, was filmed both at Duns Castle, which
doubles as Balmoral and along the Berwickshire coast at Cockburnspath.
The philosopher John Dun Scotus was born in Duns, Berwickshire.
Opponents of his thinking took to calling his followers 'Dunses',
from where we get the word 'dunce'. In 1991 the Vatican pronounced
Scotus 'venerable' the first step on the road to sainthood.
There is a museum dedicated to Berwickshire's former world
motor-racing champion Jim Clark in the town of Duns.
The St Abbs and Eyemouth Reserve is spread over 5 miles
of the Berwickshire coast and is famous for it's unusually clear
waters. Because of this, it is very popular with scuba divers.
Britain's oldest army regiment in continual existence frequently
returns to the Berwickshire town of Coldstream for ceremonial
The Berwickshire Hunt is Scotland's oldest hunt that dates
back to the 17th century.
The famous newsagent's family 'John Menzies' seat was at
Kames, near Duns in Berwickshire.
Alec Douglas Home died in Berwickshire. The Hirsel in Berwickshire
was the Conservative prime minister's family seat, and is where
he died in 1995.
Here are just
some places to visit in and around Berwickshire:
Sea Road, Spittal
Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 1RN
Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 1BA
The Barracks, The Parade
Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 1DF
Berwick Upon Tweed,
Etal Cornhill On Tweed,
Main St West End,
Chirnside Duns, TD11 3UQ
Cornhill On Tweed, TD12 4TJ
Eyemouth, TD14 5JE