"Pleasant Dalkeith! with its bonnie river, its gardens full of gooseberry bushes and pear-trees, its grass parks spotted with sheep, and its grand green woods."
(Extract from David Moir's "Mansie Wauch")
"A town and a parish in the East of Edinburghshire. The town stands 182 feet above sea level on a peninsular from 3 to 5 furlongs wide, between the North and South Esk`s and by roads 4 ¼ miles South by West of Musselburgh, and 6 miles South East of Edinburgh. The High Street widens Eastwards from 30 to 85 feet, and terminates at a gateway leading up to Dalkeith Palace, the principal seat of the Duke of Buccleuch, which palace, has centring round it all the chief episodes in Dalkeith`s history, must here be treated of before Dalkeith itself."
(Extract from Ordnance Gazeteer of Scotland 1885)