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AYTON Ayton (Parish) Map of Berwickshire
New Statistical Account of Berwickshire
Parliamentary Gazeteer of Scotland
The parish of Ayton, like that of Eyemouth, obviously derives its names from the Water of Eye, on whose banks the village of the same name is situated - In the ancient records, it is usually written Eitun or Eiton; and it is said to be compounded of two Saxon words Ei, a water or stream, and tun, a villa or town - The parish is nearly 4 miles in length, and as many in breadth, & contains probably twelve or thirteen square miles - It is bounded on the north by Eyemouth & Coldinghamk; in the south by Foulden and Mordington; on the west by Coldingham & Chirnside; and on the east by the sea - In figure it somewhat resembles the flat side of a battle axe without the handle, having the edge turned towards the south and east - On the south there is a beautifully sloping range of high land tastefully adorned with copses of plantation to the summit - At its highest elevation, it is 660 feet above the level of the sea - The highest point of the sea banks , known by the name of Blacky's (Bleak Heugh) is 350 feet precipitous towards the sea, sloping gently towards the land, & irregularly down to the waters edge at Eyemouth - On the northern side of the Parish the ground is lower & flatter than on the southern, but still of considerable elevation, and finely undulating in all directions - The whole line of Coast for many miles both north and South is splendidly bold & rocky - Its extent within the Parish is two Miles, forming almost a continued precipice, with innumerable indentations - the stratification of the rocks is distinctly visible, & in all possible inclinations, curvatures & fantastic shapes, evidently thrown into the wildest confusion by some great convulsion of nature
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