Slitrig Water

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Slitrig Water, a troutful rivulet of Teviotdale, Roxburghshire, formed by several head-streams which rise on the northern slope of the watershed with Liddesdale, and running through or along the borders of Cavers, Kirkton, and Hawick parishes till it falls into the Teviot at the town of Hawick. Its descent is very great; and its current, in consequence, rapid. Over a great part of its course it has a rocky path; occasionally it careers down a shelving descent; and, at one place, it forms a picturesque cataract. Its vale, though gorge like, and screened by bold green heights, repeatedly expands into little haughs, and is pleasantly tufted with wood; and, so hi h up as 4 miles above Hawick, is spread out into the rich and beautiful demesne of Stobs Castle. The stream, as a whole, is charmingly picturesque. Dr Leyden, one of several poets who have celebrated it in verse, seems to have been annoyed by the harshness of its name, and capriciously gives it the soft designation of ` Slata.'-Ord. Sur., sh. 17, 1864.

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