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A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Gorebridge, a village of E Edinburghshire, on the right bank of Gore Water, 4 ¼ miles S by E of Dalkeith and 10 SE by S of Edinburgh, or 12 by railway. Immediately W of it is the ruinous square tower of Newbyres Castle; Stobs Mills, across the stream, erected in 1793, were the earliest gunpowder works in Scotland; and around are the rich mineral fields of Arniston, Dalhousie, Newbattle, and Vogrie. The village itself has a station on the Waverley section of the North British, a post office, with money order, savings'bank, and telegraph departments, 2 insurance agencies, an hotel, a police station, a gas company, a new water supply (1882), a girls'school, a Free church, and a U.P. church, whilst near it are Stobhill, quoad sacra church and public school. Pop. (1841) 240, (1861) 446, (1871) 966, (1881) 1148, of whom 745 were in Temple (detached), 367 in Borthwick, and 36 in Newbattle-Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

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