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WESTERKIRK [Continued] the Black and White Esks runs in An Eastern direction through the South division of Parish for the space of seven miles, then from a place called Dowglen forms the South-Eastern boundary for About one mile. There Are Several other Considerable Streams having their Sources in the interior of which Stennies And Meggat Waters are the most important, having their Sources from the heights at the North-East, and flowing South they form A junction about a mile above their Confluence with River EsK.The Entire district is well watered by numerous rills. The roads are upheld At the expense of the Parish, No minerals are wrought, but Antimony exists at Glendinning towards the northern extremity of the Parish which was regularly worked from 1760 to 1798. The vein which seldom exceeded 20 inches in thickness contained blende, Calcareous spar And Quartz. Shell Marl is Abundant At Megdale about 1 mile South of Glendinning. There is no village or marKet-town. In the vicinity of the Parish Church there is A hamlet Called Bentpath And near the northern Extremity of the Parish Another Called Jamestown. The Parish Church is Conveniently Situated near the Centre of the Parish, which was erected in 1788. And has Accommodation for 700 Sitters. Patron the Duke of Buccleuch. There is one Parish School in Bentpath. The principal mansion is Westerhall.
Numerous Circular enclosures occur throughout this Parish of which the New Statistical Account says "Are Supposed by Some Antiquaries to be the remains of Pictish Encampments; while others Are of opinion, that they were merely places of Strength into which the people Collected their Cattle, for Security from English borderers.-There is also a third Conjecture, that they were for the purpose of protecting the Cattle during the night, from the ravages of wild beasts when the Country was covered with Wood.- "

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Parish of WesterKirK -- County of Dumfries

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