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1846 James Smith and the Flood

Records of flooding in the Teviot Catchment go back many years,with a  recent speeding up of runoff through new agricultural drains and lack of buffering by wetlands.  For “new” read 1836, when one local claimed that “a little summer flood which took a fortnight or three weeks to run off previous, now completely runs out … Continue reading

1869 Andrew Burns the Selkirk woolsorter

Andrew Burns the 1869 Cornet was a wool sorter – “ Wool sorters were the craftsmen who processed the fleece before yarn could be spun. Different breeds of sheep produce vastly different types of wool. The variations include fineness and length of the staple, softness of handle, crimp, colour and lustre, and different types of … Continue reading

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