Newtown St Boswells

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Newtown or Newtown St Boswells, a village in Melrose and St Boswells parishes, Roxburghshire, with a station (St Boswells) on the North British railway, at the forking of the lines to Hawick and Kelso, and at the junction of the Berwickshire railway, 3¼ miles SE of Melrose and 40 ½ SE of Edinburgh. Lying 370 feet above sea-level, at the eastern base of the Eildons, and within 5 furlongs of the Tweed's right bank, it contains some commodious houses, and presents a pleasant appearance. Its waterworks, formed in 1876 at a cost of more than £400, draw their supplies from the Eildon Hills; and it has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, branches of the Royal and British Linen Co.'s Banks, an hotel, a U.P. church (1870), a public school, a stock sale every alternate Monday, and hiring fairs on the first Mondays of March, May, and November. Pop. (1871) 302, (1881) 444.—Ord. Sur., sh. 25, 1865.

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