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MERSE (District) Merse (District) Chalmers Caledonia
Fullerton's Gazetteer Scotland
New Statistical Acc [Account] Berwicksh [Berwickshire]
011 ; 017 In ancient times, the shire of Berwick seems to have been a separate jurisdiction from the Bailliary of Lauderdale & to have been itself divided into the Merse and the 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 purpose of agricultural inquiry, the whole County may be very conveniently considered under two Districts, -- The Merse and the Lammermoor: the former including all the comparatively low land along Tweed, Whiteadder, Blackadder and Eye, and the latter comprehending Lauderdale, along with the more hilly Country peculiarly Called Lammermoor -- According to the general division of the County 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 Nuthorn and Mertoun, & forming the largest piece of Compact level ground - diversified only by a few undulations - to be found in Scotland - Mr Blackadder estimates this division to Contain 100.26 acres.

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