The town of Jedburgh (-burgh is always pronounced burra in Scots) was for centuries the first major Scottish target of invading English armies. In more peaceful times it developed textile mills, most of which have since languished. The large landscaped area around the town's tourist information center was once a mill but now provides an encampment for the armies of modern tourists. The past still clings to this little
town, however. The ruined abbey dominates the skyline, a reminder of the formerly strong governing role of the Borders abbeys.