Cauldshiels Hill

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Cauldshiels, a little loch in the Roxburghshire section of Galashiels parish, on the estate and 1¼ mile SSE of Abbotsford. Lying 780 feet above sea-level, it measures 2¾ furlongs by 1, and is prettily wooded along its northern shore; Washington Irving tells how Scott prided himself upon this little Mediterranean Sea in his dominions-its depths the haunt of a water-bull. Cauldshiels Hill (1176 feet), to the SE, is crowned by an ancient Caledonian fort, which seems to have been connected by a rampart and fosse with the camp on the Eildon Hills, 2¾ miles ENE.

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