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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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Rutherford, a decayed village in Maxton parish, Roxburghshire, 7 furlongs SW of Rutherford station on the Kelso branch of the North British railway, this being 6 miles WSW of Kelso. An absurd tradition makes its name originally to have been either Rue-the-ford or Rue-their-ford, from the defeat of an English army, after crossing and re-crossing a neighbouring ford on the Tweed. The ancient parish of Rutherford, long united to Maxton, contained the hospice of St Mary Magdalene, which Robert I. granted to the canons of Jedburgh. The Rutherford estate belongs to Sir Edmund Antrobus, Bart.—Ord. Sur., sh. 25, 1865.

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