Ale Water

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Ale, a rivulet of Coldingham parish, Berwickshire, is formed by the meeting of three rills at Threeburn Grange, a little above Press Castle, and runs 6 miles south-eastward to the Eye at a point about 1¼ mile SSE of Eyemouth. Its fishing is poor, but parts of its valleys are deep and picturesque, rare ferns and mosses growing on the banks. Thomas the Rhymer has predicted how-

'At Threeburn Grange on an after day,
There shall be a lang and bloody fray;
Where a three-thumbed wight by the reins shall hald
Three kings' horse, baith stout and bauld,
And the Three Burns three days will rin
wi' the blude o' the slain that fa' therein'

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