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Gattonside, a village in Melrose parish, Roxburgh. shire, on the left side of the Tweed,-1 mile N by W of Melrose town, under which it has a post office, and with which it communicates by a foot suspension-bridge. Lying scattered among groves and orchards, 300 feet above sea-level, it retains some traces of a large and beautiful pre-Reformation chapel; it is celebrated for both the quality and the quantity of its fruit; and it is overlooked, on the N, from Allen Water to Leader Water, by a range of softly outlined heights, the Gattonside Hills, that culminate at 927 feet. Gattonside was granted by David I. to Melrose Abbey in 1143, and places round it still bear such names as the Abbot's Meadow, the Vineyard, Friar's Close, the Cellary Meadow, etc. Gattonside House, ¼ mile to the W, is the seat of Robert Blair Maconochie, Esq., W.S. (b. 1814), second son of the late Lord Meadowbank, who holds 298 acres in the shire, valued at £485 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 25, 1865.

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