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Updated 05/01/2020


Darnick Lasses

Darnick is a village near Melrose in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former Roxburghshire. Darnick is a small village nestled between the lofty heights of the Eildon Hills and the fertile banks of the River Tweed, just along the road from the Border town of Melrose and a pleasant walk from the new Tweedbank rail station.

Its name comes from two Anglo-saxon words ‘derne’ meaning hidden and ‘wic’ a dwelling. The name was first recorded in 1124, and has changed from Dernewic, Dernwick and Darnwick to the present Darnick. Darnick Tower (above) was built in c. 1425, and another tower house, Fisher's Tower, is still recognizable by its remains.

Skirmish Hill by Darnick is the site of a battle which took place on June 18, 1526 between the Scotts of Buccleuch and the Kerrs of Ferniehirst, trying to intercept King James V who was then under the guardianship of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus.