The story of 'Muckle Mou'd Meg' is told in the ballad "The Fray of Elibank" by Borders poet James Hogg.
Her een they were gray, an her colour was wan
But her nature was generous, gentle, and free.
Nestling under the triple Eildon Hills, it on the route of several long distance walks - the Border Abbeys Way, St. Cuthbert's Way and the Southern Upland Way.
Melrose Abbey, founded in 1136 by David I, was the first monastery of the Cistercian order established in Scotland. The heart of King Robert the Bruce is said to be buried there. The exterior of this ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig.
More fascinating facts on the Scottish Borders
- The only silver staircase in the world you will find at Manderston, Berwickshire - an opulent Edwardian country house which epitomizes the "upstairs/downstairs" lifestyle at the time, with extensive kitchens and pantries, a marble dairy and sumptuous stables.
- The small village of Morebattle on the edge of the Cheviot Hills has a Teapot Street. The name is thought to be a corruption of "Tip -it Street" after the midden (rubbish dump) at the end of the road.
- The Mill towns of Hawick, Selkirk and Galashiels were the centre of the Scottish Borders knitwear and tweed industry. By the mid 19th century, over 2000 of Scotland's 2600 knitting frames were located in the Borders, over half in Hawick producing over a million pairs of stockings a year. This hosiery trade gave way tothe fine outerwear garments that we know today.
- Follow the next stage of this A-Z journeythrough the Scottish BordersN is for:NEWARK TOWER AND NATUREThe Scottish BordersThe old counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire
Do take a look at earlier posts in "My Scottish BordersA-Z Challenge Preview
A-Z Challenge A - Abbeys,Abbotsford and Armstrongs
A-Z Challenge B - Border Reivers, Border Ballads and BlackmailA-Z Challenge C - Common Ridings and Carter BarA-Z Challenge D - Dryburgh Abbey, Duns Scotus & The Douglas TragedyA-Z Challenge E - Elliots, Earlston, Enigma Hero and Eyemouth Tart
A-Z Challenge F - Flodden, Fletcher and Flowers of the Forest
A-Z Challenge G - A Green & Pleasant Land and Galashiels
A-Z Challenge H - Hermitage Castle and Hawick
A-Z Challenge I - Inspirational Land of Poets James Hogg and Will Ogilvie
A-Z Challenge J -Jedburgh, Jethart Justice and Jethart Snails
A-Z Challenge K - Kaleidoscope, Kelso and Kinmont Willie
A-Z challenge L - The Fair Lilliard and Leaderfoot Viaduct