Once considered the most modern jail in the country Jedburgh jail is a Georgian building first opened in 1823. It was built on the site of the much older Jedburgh castle which had been an important, and much fought over border stronghold before it was destroyed in by the Scots in 1409. The new jail was designed by Archibald Elliot, and considered to be a model jail which others would imitate. Jedburgh jail closed in 1868, but was reopened as a tourist attraction in 1964. The prison was restored to its original 1820s appearance with individual cells showcasing what like was like in an early 19th century prison.
The most famous ghost of Jedburgh jail is Edwin McArthur. He was once a prisoner at the jail before he was executed there in 1855. He has since been seen on many occasions threatening visitors, and scaring many. Like most of the ghosts found here he is not friendly. Jedburgh jail can be a dark and disturbing place. This is not surprising, in addition to the prison, this was also at one time the site of the town gallows, so many spirits here may be those who met their end by public execution.
Visitors to the jail today can explore the remaining prison blocks, as well as the jailers house, and the exercise yard. One area of particular interest is the infamous cell 18 where only the bravest will be prepared to spend time alone.
Other ghosts which have been seen here include a lone piper standing on the battlements, while spectral bagpipe music is heard wafting through the air in the courtyard. Poltergeist activity is common at Jedburgh jail, some of the activity has been very extreme. Disturbing presences have been felt by many visitors, and mysterious lights are seen which no-one has been able to explain.