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Merse (in large stump) Merse (District) Fullerton’s Gazetteer of Scotland; Chalmer’s Caledonia; New Statistical account of Berwickshire. On Sheets: 10.8, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.14, 10.15, 10.16, 11.1, 11.5, 11.9, 11.10, 11.13, 11.14, 16.3, 16.4, 17.1 & 17.2 In ancient times the shire of Berwick seems to have been a separate jurisdiction from the bailliary of Lauderdale, to have been divided into the Merse and 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 & Lammermoors: the former including all the comparatively loww land along Tweed, Muladder, Blackadder and Eye; and the latter comprehending Lauderdale along the more eastern hilly country previously called Lammermoor. According to the general divisions of the county just pointed out the Merse designates the lower ground rom Tweed up the cultivated slopes of the Southern range of the Lammermoor hills including the western parishes of Renthorn and Merton and forming the largest piece of compact ground - diversified only by a few gentle undulations - to be found in Scotland. Mr Blackadder estimates this division to contain 100.226 acres. The whole remainder of the county - with an exception to be mentioned in the sequence is

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