Looking Down High Street from Market Place, Selkirk by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 18-01-2013
FEATURED in Artists Universe 25-02-2013

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 66mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f7, Shutter: 1/125

The Ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk is a town in the Borders of Scotland. It lies on the Ettrick Water, a tributary of the River Tweed. The people of the town are known as Souters, which means cobblers (shoe makers and menders). Selkirk is one of the oldest Royal Burghs in Scotland and is the site of the earliest settlements in what is now the Scottish Borders. The town’s name originates from the church (kirk) for the Selgovae, who were an original tribe from the Roman Empire’s invasions of Caledonii. It is also the site of the first Border Abbey, however the community of Tironensian monks moved to Kelso during the reign of King David I. In 1113, King David I granted Selkirk large amounts of land. It was within the walls of the Forest Kirk at Selkirk, supported by nobles and clergy, that William Wallace was declared Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland. The poet and writer, Sir Walter Scott was appointed Sheriff-Deputy of the County of Selkirk in 1799, and was based in the Royal Burgh’s Courthouse, which can be found in the town square. He served in this role for 33 years. Selkirk’s population grew up because of its woollen industry, although now that that industry has ceased leaving little in its wake, the town is best known for bannocks, a dry fruit cake. The town is also a centre for handcrafted glass, with a number of smaller glass workshops. It is also home to Scotland’s oldest horse racing track, the Gala Rig, on the outskirts of the town.


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Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 1 year ago

    Super sharp capture Christine …

  • Thank you kindly Tom, for both your lovely comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 1 year ago

    Clicking the image takes you to the group where you can support fellow members.

  • Thank you John.

    – Christine Smith

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Superbly captured love the moody sky.

  • Thank you for your lovely comment and fave Julie.

    – Christine Smith

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much for selecting this image for a feature Marie. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 1 year ago

    Superb capture Chistine, postcard perfect!! your processing!!

  • Thank you very much for such a lovely comment and the fave Kate.

    – Christine Smith

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 1 year ago

    Excellent details and colour balance

  • Thank you for such a nice comment Hans.

    – Christine Smith

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago

    February 25th, 2013
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  • Thank you very much for the feature in Artists Universe Mary. It is much appreciated and sorry abut the late reply but I have been on holidays.

    – Christine Smith

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    always like this kind of pictures. Beautiful

  • Thank you for your kind words John. Sorry this reply is late but I have been away (hopefully gathering more photos).

    – Christine Smith

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