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Jethart Hand Ba' Game, Jedburgh, Scotland, UK

Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK, 6th March 2014 - In 1548 a party of Scots recaptured Ferniehirst Castle, a mile south of Jedburgh. During the battle one of the Scots recognized an English officer who had raped his daughter and decapitated him. The head was then used in a celebratory game. The hand ba’ tradition has survived cholera outbreaks, World Wars, and foot and mouth controls. Teams are decided by the site of the Mercat Cross, if born south of this you are a Uppie, if born north then a Doonie. The goals are placed at the top and bottom of the towns gradient.

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Jethart Hand Ba'
Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK, 6th March 2014 - In 1548 a party of Scots recaptured Ferniehirst Castle, a mile south of Jedburgh. During the battle one of the Scots recognized an English officer who had raped his daughter and decapitated him. The head was then used in a celebratory game. The hand ba’ tradition has survived cholera outbreaks, World Wars, and foot and mouth controls. Teams are decided by the site of the Mercat Cross, if born south of this you are a Uppie, if born north then a Doonie. The goals are placed at the top and bottom of the towns gradient.