A walk around Darnick
Darnick was described by Nigel Tranter, that much loved Scottish author, in his "Illustrated Portrait of the Border Country", first published in 1972, as being a delightful place -"red stone amongst tall trees, with its ancient tower-house still inhabited in a walled garden in the midst".
While this is still true, Darnick is rapidly bring swallowed up as Melrose spreads west towards Galashiels. This walk covers most of 'old' Darnick and the grounds of the Waverley Castle which lead down to the banks of the Tweed.
Darnick is recorded as far back as the 12th century, as Dernewic, then Dernwic, and Darnwick before changing to the present spelling. Originally, the name would have come from two Anglo-Saxon words - 'derne' meaning hidden, and 'wic' meaning a dwelling.
Recorded in a charter of David I in 1143, as part of the lands granted to the monks of Melrose, it would probably have been farmland, with a habitation, for use by the monks as a source of income, either from wool, or leased out to others.
In the Middle Ages, Darnick had three peel towers, Darnick Tower, which is still occupied, Fisher's Tower, now in ruins, in the grounds of Darnick Tower, and a third of which no sign now remains.
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