About the Town of Duns
Duns Law, a 700 ft hill beside the town, is the original site of the settlement of Duns. Along its top can be found the remains of an old Iron Age hill fort. A stone at the summit also identifies the encampment where the Covenanters, under General David Leslie, set up their standard in 1639. This event marks the beginning of the fight for Scottish independence, first against Charles I and later against Cromwell.
Situated just north west of the town is Duns Castle. An early 19th-c Gothic mansion built around a much older Norman Keep (or Pele Tower), which has been home to the Hay family since 1696.
The Formula 1 racing driver Jim Clark lived in Duns from 1936 to 1968. He won the world championship in 1963 and again in 1965, but sadly died in a racing accident in 1968. The Jim Clark Museum, located in the Burgh Chambers is devoted to his exploits.
Another famous son of Duns was John Duns Scotus, a medieval scholar and religious thinker who taught at the University of Paris. A bronze statue of him stands in the public park and his portrait hangs in the Council Chambers.