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Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, UK. 27th February 2020. The annual game of hand ba’ in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh takes place every year the Thursday after Fastern’s E’en. The tradition derives from 1548 when a party of Scots recaptured Ferniehirst Castle, a mile south of Jedburgh, and used an Englishman’s head in a celebratory game after the battle.