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Sheriff Court

Plaque given to Duns by Polish Soldiers

Sheriff Court (12). Another early 19th century building, this time two storey and three bays in a Tudor collegiate style. The entrance is in the central bay and is approached by a flight of stairs. Beside the entrance you can see a plaque which was presented in 1941 by Polish servicemen stationed in the county of Berwickshire. To the right is the modern extension constructed of concrete and stone in 1964.

In 1949, the Burgh Council instituted the week long Duns Festival, held during the first week in July. Each year, a mounted procession is led by a young man and young lady titled The Reiver and the Reiver's Lass. A visit is made to Duns Common to ensure that no unauthorised encroachment has been made. This is similar to festivals that occur in other Border towns during the months of June to August.

Boston House

Opposite the Council Chambers is Boston House. This was the birthplace of Thomas Boston who lived from 1676 to 1732 and was the son of a Covenanting minister. His father had been imprisoned for his beliefs. His father's experiences influenced Thomas in his writing and preaching. These helped prepare the way for a split in the Church of Scotland in the mid 19th century and the formation of the Free Church, a period known as the 'Disruption'. The Free Church in Duns and its school were named in his honour.

Now continue north up Castle Street. On the right hand side of the road, on the land now occupied by a modern housing development, stood the former barn of the manse before it was demolished in 1993. In front of you is number 1 Teindhillgreen.

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