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Mountbenger


Scottish Borders

A small settlement and a sheep farm on the B709 road which rises out of the Yarrow valley to the north, Mountbenger lies a quarter-mile (0.4 km) north northeast of the Gordon Arms Hotel and 7½ miles (12 km) south of Innerleithen. The 'Ettrick Shepherd' James Hogg (1770 - 1835) leased the farm from 1821-30, describing it as a 'gey cauld place'. He lost more than £2000 on the venture. The Mountbenger Burn descends from the northern slopes of Mountbenger Law and passes a half-mile (0.8 km) to the east of the settlement before falling into the Yarrow Water. Mountbenger Toll lies on the Mountbenger Burn a half-mile (0.8 km) to the north of Mountbenger, with Mountbengerhope a mile (1.4 km) beyond.


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