Mouse Water

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Mouse Water, a stream of the Upper Ward of Lanarkshire, rising at an altitude of 1100 feet on the north-eastern verge of the county, 1 7/8 mile NNE of Wilsontown. Thence it winds l5 7/8 miles south-westward through Carnwath, Carstairs, and Lanark parishes, till, after a total descent of 805 feet, it falls into the Clyde 330 yards below Lanark Bridge. It receives, in its progress, the tribute of Dippool Water; and traverses first a bleak moorish country, next a pleasant cultivated tract, lastly the profound and romantic chasm of Cartland Crags. (See Clyde.) The Caledonian railway crosses it in the vicinity of Cleghorn station; two bridges cross it at Mousemill, and three at respectively Cleghorn, Lockhartford, and Cartland Crags; and one of the two at Mousemill is very ancient and curious. Small detached pieces of jaspar have been found in its bed; sandstone was formerly quarried adjacent to it near Mousebank; and old disused mining-shafts are on the banks of its upper reaches.—Ord. Sur., sh. 22, 1865.

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