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Moorfoot Hills

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Moorfoot, a double range of moorish hills, chiefly on the eastern part of the southern border of Edinburghshire, and partly on the mutual border of Edinburgh and Peebles shires. Commencing on the W side of the head of the vale of Gala Water, and hindered only by that vale from being continuous with the Lammermuirs, it extends south-westward in two mutually divergent lines to the E flank of the vale of Eddleston. With a roughly triangular outline, about 10 miles in length and 6 in mean breadth, it comprises masses and summits, generally rounded, sometimes isolated, and nowhere linked into continuous ridge; culminates in Blackhope Scar (2136 feet); consists of Lower Silurian rocks; and has mostly a bleak and pastoral character.—Ord. Sur., shs. 32, 24, 1857-64.

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