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Abbotsford Historic mansion 2m west of Melrose, erected by writer, Sir Walter Scott who lived and died there. Nearby is the birthplace of James Hope (b.1818), who settled in New York in 1853 and who was a distinguished landscape artist. He was created an Associate of the National Academy in 1865.

Ancrum Village 3m north west of Jedburgh. Birthplace of Robert Livingston (1654-1725) who emigrated to USA in 1672 and was the founder member of one of the most famous colonial families. He went first to Carolina but afterwards settled in New York State. He was Town Clerk of the City of Albany 1686-1721 and a member of the Colonial Assembly.

Duns Small market town 13m west of Berwick-on-Tweed. Birthplace of Cadwallader Colden (1688-1776) who emigrated to USA and became a distinguished physician, botanist, mathematician and developer. He was Lt. Governor of New York, 1761-1776.

Hawick Town on the River Teviot, 39m south of Edinburgh. Birthplace of James Paris Lee (1831-1904) the American inventor. He emigrated first to Canada and then to Hartford, Connecticut. The Lee-Enfield and Lee-Metford rifles are based in part on his designs.

Jedburgh Small town 10m north east of Hawick. Ruins of Jedburgh Abbey, founded by David I in 1118 are situated on the west side of the town. Birthplace of William Grant Laidlaw, a member of US Congress 1887-1891.

Kelso Small market town 18m north east of Hawick. The remains of a 12th century abbey can be found here. The name can also be found in California, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington, the latter place named by Scottish surveyor Peter Crawford, a native of Kelso. Birthplace of Col. Andrew D. Baird (b.1839) who emigrated to America with his parents in 1853. He became a master stonemason. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the 79th Highlanders and was repeatedly recommended for his bravery. At the end of the war he returned to Brooklyn where he went into partnership with his previous employer. He took an active interest in local politics and in 1914 was elected President of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank.

Lauder Small town 9m north of Melrose. Thirlestane Castle lies to the north east. Birthplace of Thomas Dickson (1822-1884), who became President of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.

Lauderdale Valley carrying Leader Water, running south east from Oxton, through Lauder and Earlston to its confluence with the River Tweed at Leaderfoot. The name can be found in Florida - Fort Lauderdale.

Lilliesleaf Village 7m north of Hawick and 40m/70km south of Edinburgh. Birthplace of William Knox (1789-1825) the farmer poet who wrote "Mortality", the favourite poem of Abraham Lincoln. He moved to Edinburgh in 1820 and died at Leith from paralysis on 12 Nov. 1825. He was interred in New Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh, where a monument was erected to him.

Melrose Small town on the south side of the River Tweed, 4m east of Galashiels. The ruins of Melrose Abbey, founded c.1136 by David I, are found here. The mummified heart of Robert the Bruce is buried at the Abbey. The name is found in many parts of the USA: Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Newcastleton Village 17m south of Hawick. Birthplace on 28 August 1823, of James Oliver who emigrated to Indiana in 1835. He invented the Oliver chilled plough which revolutionised the cultivation of the American prairies. He died on 2 March 1908.

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