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.
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 Towerwas 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.