Fairnilee  Selkirkshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Fairnilee like this:

Fernilee, a hamlet on the S border of Galashiels parish, Selkirkshire, on the left bank of the river Tweed, near Yair Bridge, 5¼ miles NNW of Selkirk. Fernilee mansion here, now a decayed edifice, was the seat of the Rutherfords, and in one of its turrets the beautiful Miss Alison Rutherford (1712-94), who in 1731 became the wife of Patrick Cockburn, advocate, wrote her version (` I've seen the smiling, ' etc.) of the Flowers of the Forest.

Fairnilee through time

Fairnilee 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 Fairnilee itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 22nd January 2022

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