Looking Down High Street from Market Place, Selkirk

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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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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