Monks Burn

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Monks Burn, a brook in Penicuik parish, Edinburghshire, rising among the Pentland Hills at an altitude of 1480 feet, and running 23/8 miles south-by-eastward, till, after a total descent of 770 feet, it falls into the North Esk near Newhall, at the boundary with Peeblesshire, 4½ miles SW by W of Penicuik town. It enters the glen of the Esk in several considerable falls, amidst landscape of much beauty; is overlooked at its mouth, from the opposite side of the Esk, by a height called the Steel, said to have been so called from a skirmish on itwith a straggling detachment of General Monk's army; and seems to have got its own name from some association with General Monk.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

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