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Standing on the same spot as an earlier castle, probably founded here by Sir Gilbert Fraser in about 1190, present day Neidpath Castle was probably built for Sir William de Haya, Sheriff of Peebles, who died in 1390.

Neidpath was known as Jedderfield until the 16th century. However, the Hays were royalists, and Neidpath withstood Cromwell’s attacks longer than any other fortification south of the Forth. In the end it had to surrender. It was partially repaired and sold to the Douglas Duke of Queensberry in 1686.

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