Float Moss

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Float Moss, a large expanse of low meadowy ground in Carstairs, Carnwath, and Pettinain parishes, Lanarkshire, along the banks of the Clyde, in the south-eastern vicinity of Carstairs Junction. It used to be frequently flooded by freshets of the river, so as at times to resemble a large and dreary-looking lake; and it took its name from a float or large boat which formerly served in lieu of a bridge across the Clyde, and which cost £500. The Caledonian railway goes across it, on works which were formed at great expense; and it has here timber viaducts for allowing free scope to the freshets of the river.

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