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MERSE (District) Merse (District) New Statistical Account of Berwickshire
Gazetteer of Scotland
Caledonid - by "Chalmers"
In ancient times, the Shire of Berwick seems to have been a separate jurisdict [jurisdiction] from the Bailliary of Lauderdale, and to have been itself divided into the "Merse" & "Lammermoor" districts - It is not easy to say what had been the exact boundaries and extent of these three divisions, now almost obsolete - For the purposes of agricultural inquiry, the whole county may be very conveniently considered under two districts - the Merse and Lammermoor; the former including all the comparatively low land. along. Tweed, Whiteadder, Blackadder and Eye; and the latter comprehending Lauderdale, along with the more eastern hilly country peculiarly called Lammermoor - according to the general division just pointed out, the Merse designates the whole lower ground from Tweed, up the cultivated slopes of the lower southern range of the Lammermoor hills - including the western parishes of Nenthorn and Merton - and forming the largest piece of compact level ground - diversified only by a few gentle undulations - to be found in Scotland - Mr. Blackadder estimates this division to contain 100.226 acres -

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[signed] R Burnaby Cap [Captain] R.E. [Royal Engineers] 13 Aug [August] 1856

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