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History of Duns

Early History

The first written mention of Duns is when a 'Hugo de Duns' signed as a witness to a charter before 1214. Thereafter, Duns appears throughout the history of the Borders.

Duns Castle

Sited to the west of Duns Law, the original castle was built about 1320 by Randolph, Earl of Moray, the nephew of King Robert the Bruce.

The Mercat Cross

Standing on the South side of the Market Square, the Mercat Cross represents the status of Duns.

Street and Place Names

Origins of place names in Duns

Past Industry

Duns has always been the focus for the farming folk of the area.

Old Buildings

Buildings of historical interest

Boston House and School

This house is the birthplace of Rev Thomas Boston in 1676.

Boston Court and the Drumclog Bell

Boston Court, off Station Road, and adjacent to the Tennis Courts and the Public Park.

School History

Most country towns and country people put a high value on education, and Duns is no exception.

People of Note

Famous people associated with Duns.

Family Names

Family names associated with Duns.

Duns Scotland, Scottish Borders UK