List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Ettrick Forest Ettrick Forest Chalmers Caledonia
Fullerton's Gazetteer
General usage
[Situation] The whole of the parish

A popular, poetic, & historical name for the whole or chief part of Selkirkshire - All the country watered by the Ettrick, the Yarrow, and their tributaries, and the kindred district watered by the Cadon, northward of the Tweed, besides the upper ward of Clydesdale, were anciently a literal Forest, the remains of the ancient Caledonian Forest - the most numerous woods were Oaks, mingled with Birch & Hazel - At the close of the 13th century Edward I. acting as the sovereign of Selkirkshire, gave away the Forest's timber; and was followed in his conduct by Edward II & Edward III - James the V poured into it 10,500 sheep, & by this way occasioned a rapid & almost total destruction of the trees - Excepting a few straggling Thorns, & some solitary Birches, no traces of "Ettrick Forest" now remain - although, whenever protected from the sheep, copses soon arise without planting

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Parish of Ettrick

[signed] R Burnaby Capt R.E. [Captain Royal Engineers] - 31. July 1858.

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