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Nisbet House in 1935, southern view, photographed by Robert Chancellor Nesbitt. The eighteenth century tower is on the left side

The hamlet of Nisbet is on the north side of the Blackadder Water, a mile south of Duns in Berwickshire, now part of the Scottish Borders region. Its main feature is Nisbet House, a 17th century fortified house. As well as Nisbet House, the former estate contains a very small mill, and 18th century U-plan stable range (now converted into homes) and the usual scattering of cottages and farmhouses. Dunse Spa, once a source of mineral water in the 18th century, stood just to the north of the Nisbet estate and the spa house still stands.

Nisbet House is located in what was known as West Nisbet and is located between Nisbet Rhodes and Nisbet Hill. East Nisbet was a separate place, also on the Blackadder River, but about four miles to the east. Its name changed in the 18th century to Elmbank, and then to Allenbank. East Nisbet appears to have been the location of the original Nisbet Castle.

See also

Battle of Nesbit Moor (1402)

Clan Nesbitt


  • Borders and Berwick, by Charles A Strang, Rutland Press, 1994, p.43. ISBN 1-873190-10-7

Nesbitt, Robert Chancellor (1994). Nisbet of that Ilk. Phillimore. ISBN 0-85033-929-4.  


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