Daer Water

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Daer Water, the principal head-stream of the Clyde, rising in the extreme S of the parish of Crawford and of the shire of Lanark, at 2000 feet above sea-level, on the NE slope of Gana Hill (2190 feet), within ¼ mile of the Dumfriesshire border and of a sub-affluent of the Annan. Thence it runs 10½ miles northward to a confluence with Powtrail Water, at a point 2¾ miles S of Elvanfoot; and their united waters thenceforward bear the name of the river Clyde. Traversing a dreary region of bleak mountains and moorish uplands, and joined by sixteen little affluents, it has a rapid, noisy, and frolicsome current; enjoys high repute as a trouting stream; and gives the title of Baron (cre. 1646) to the Earl of Selkirk.—Ord. Sur., sh. 15,1864.

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