Town Centre, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

This evening, I am posting information on Selkirk, a town of some 6000 persons in the Scottish Borders region which is situated about thirty nine miles directly south of Edinburgh. Here are key facts and information pertaining to Selkirk:

  • Name may be derived from ‘Church in the Forest’  but this origin is not universally agreed.
  • Grew to prominence as a function of the woollen industry. However, this industry as now a shadow of its former self. Empty and derelict mills can be seen in the town.
  • One textile industry survivor is Lochcarron of Scotland which designs and produces tartans, woven fabrics and Highlander wear in its Selkirk mill.
  • Close to Selkirk is the Ettrick Water, a river which acts as a tributary of the River Tweed.
  • Connections with famous people include:
    • Romantic poet and novelist, Sir Walter Scott who dispensed justice in the town’s Sheriff Court.
    • William Wallace ( ‘Braveheart’) who was proclaimed Guardian of Scotland in the vicinity.
    • President Roosevelt whose maternal ancestors are buried in the now ruined Forest Kirk.
    • National poet, Robert Burns who wrote ‘Epistle to Willie Creech’ in the Old Forest Inn on May 13th 1787.
  • Home of the Selkirk Bannock, a type of round, flat bread or scone. 

Forest Kirk, Selkirk, Scotland

Home of Original Selkirk Banock, Scotland

Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Selkirk, Scotland

Sir Walter Scott Statue, Selkirk, Scotland

Victoria Hall, Selkirk, Scotland

Ettrick Water, Selkirk, Scotland

Lochcarron of Scotland Tartans at Selkirk, Scotland

Derelict Textile Mill, Selkirk Scotland

Site of Old Forest Inn, Selkirk which is associated with Robert Burns.

Selkirk Skyline, Scotland

Selkirk, Scotland

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