Border Features

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Where the main road the A68 from Newcastle upon Tyne crosses the Border into Scotland.

The most spectacular crossing of  the Anglo-Scottish border is by Carter Bar.  The approach  from England is through wild open moorland the one-time haunt of the Redesdale reivers. On the Scottish side of the Border the  hills roll  away into the distance to the far off Lammermuir Hills.

Carter Bar, being the boundary line, was where taxes and dues were collected.  To be precise, the bar or  toll point was to the north of the present crossing where the modern road to Jedburgh leaves  the Hawick road .

It was near here that the Redeswire incident occurred.  On a Day of Truce, when representatives of both Scotland and England met to sort out their differences, an argument led to fighting  and several deaths. 

Photograph by kind permission John Peters.  This photograph and many other magnificent photographs of the Borders and elsewhere may be viewed on his web site at:

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