Old County of Peeblesshire


A former county in the Southern Uplands of SE Scotland, Peeblesshire occupied the area known as Tweeddale in the upper reaches of the River Tweed. It extended to 355 sq. miles (919 sq. km) and was bordered to the N by Midlothian, to the E and SE by Selkirkshire, to the S by Dumfriesshire and to the W by Lanarkshire. To the N are the Pentland Hills, while to the NE are the Moorfoots. Its county town was Peebles at the junction of the Tweed with the Eddleston Water, with other notable settlements including Broughton, Innerleithen and West Linton. Its other rivers include the Fruid Water, Leithen Water, Lyne Water, Manor Water, Quair Water and Talla Water. In 1974 it was incorporated into the new Borders Region as Tweeddale District and in the local government reorganisation of 1996 remained part of the Scottish Borders Council Area.

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