Selkirk, Scottish Borders

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Selkirk is a town in Scottish Borders

Location and coordinates are for the approximate centre of Selkirk within this administrative area. Geographic features and populated places may cross administrative borders.

Selkirk in historic gazetteers

Gazetteer of the British Isles (Edinburgh: Bartholomew, 1887). John Bartholomew

Selkirk, parl. and royal burgh, par., and county town of Selkirkshire, on Ettrick Water, 6½ miles S. of Galashiels and 40 miles S.E. of Edinburgh by rail - par. (partly in Roxburghshire), 22,559 ac., pop. 7432; parl. and royal burgh, pop. 6090; police burgh, pop. 5977; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Wednesday. Selkirk has extensive manufactures of tweeds, tartans, shawls, and other woollen goods. It was made a royal burgh in the reign of David I., and played a prominent part in Border warfare, its burgesses, known as the "Souters (shoemakers) o'Selkirk," being distinguished for valour. It gives the title of earl to a branch of the Douglas family. Selkirk is a member of the Hawick (or Border) District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member. is a Good Stuff website.