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Bodesbeck Law

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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Bodesbeck Law, a great rounded hill on the mutual border of Dumfries and Selkirk shires, flanking the left side of Moffat Water, 7¼ miles NE of Moffat town. One of the Hartfell group, it rises immediately N of Capelfell and Ettrick Pen, which have altitudes of 2223 and 2269 feet above sea-level, and itself has an altitude of 2173 feet. Bodesbeck farm lies around its north-western skirt, and is the scene of a tradition employed by Hogg in his tale of The Brownie of Bodesbeck. This last of the browines laboured so bravely that Bodesbeck became the most well-to-do farm in the district, till the goodman one night left out for him a mess of bread and milk, when the brownie departed, crying-

'Ca', brownie, ca'
A' the luck o' Bodesbeck
Away to Leithenha'.'

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