Selkirk  Selkirkshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Selkirk like this:

Selkirk, parl. and royal burgh, par., and county town of Selkirkshire, on Ettrick Water, 6½ miles S. of Galashiels and 40 miles S.E. of Edinburgh by rail - par. (partly in Roxburghshire), 22,559 ac., pop. 7432; parl. and royal burgh, pop. 6090; police burgh, pop. 5977; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. ...

Market-day, Wednesday. Selkirk has extensive manufactures of tweeds, tartans, shawls, and other woollen goods. It was made a royal burgh in the reign of David I., and played a prominent part in Border warfare, its burgesses, known as the "Souters (shoemakers) o'Selkirk," being distinguished for valour. It gives the title of earl to a branch of the Douglas family. Selkirk is a member of the Hawick (or Border) District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.

Selkirk through time

Selkirk is now part of Scottish Borders district. Click here for graphs and data of how Scottish Borders has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Selkirk itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Selkirk, in Scottish Borders and Selkirkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd January 2022

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