Scottish Borders

A scattered hamlet of Teviotdale in the Scottish Borders, Bedrule lies on the Rule Water, 4 miles (6 km) southwest of Jedburgh. Bedrule Castle, now reduced to a mound, of a stronghold of the Turnbulls in the 15th century. Wells House dated from the 18th C. and became the property of the Usher family, who made their money in Edinburgh from whisky and beer. They levelled the property in 1906 and built another grand three-storey mansion, which itself was demolished in 1951. Hallrule House (2½ miles / 4 km to the south) became the family seat but was sold in 1995. The picturesque Bedrule Parish Church was an ancient foundation, rebuilt in 1803, internally refurbished in 1914 and is now B-listed. It contains stained glass by Douglas Strachan and memorials to Bishop Turnbull, who founded of the University of Glasgow in 1451, and to Lieutenant Anthony Fasson (1913-42) who died recovering codebooks from a German submarine in the Mediterranean. The Borders Abbeys Way passes through Bedrule. The settlement once had a school.

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