The racing driver Jim Clark is one of Duns' most famous sons although someone told me that he actually came from Chirnside. But to the cognoscenti
the name that comes to mind is the Franciscan philosopher Duns Scotus who flourished in the 14th century. The image is of the plaque outside Duns Castle marking the spot where he was supposedly born-not, presumably on the grass verge beside the road but in a Franciscan monastery that once stood there.(Click on image to read) Some scholars claim that this is very conjectural, his birth certificate having being mislaid and the connection with Duns may be a trifle tenous. Years ago I met a Dinger at some Caledonian Society do-he was boasting about his home town and its famous connections-'what a man' he said referring to the philospher - 'What a reputation. No wonder they called him
: Duns Scrotus'