"The town of Melrose is delightfully situated at the north base of the Eildon hills... It has partly the character of an antique dingy place, with narrow thoroughfares and ancient houses, and partly the appearance of a modern, spruce, aspiring seat of population, with elegant and airy edifices; and in both respects it looks in good keeping with its situation, harmonizing partly with the grand antiquities adjacent to it, and partly with the magnificent landscape around it. It has recently, on the whole, undergone much improvement, in consequence of wealthy strangers being attracted to it for occasional or permanent residence." from the Imperial Gazetteer of Scotland, edited by John Marius Wilson, 1868.
See also Melrose parish.
- Melrose's old customs and worthies by J.E. Fairbairn, published at Galashiels in 1946.
- Melrose: 1826 edited by D.M.Hood, published by Melrose Historical Association in 1980.
- Fair Melrose published by Melrose Historical Association in 1989.
A 19th century account of Melrose town can be read online.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Melrose (Town) to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Melrose (Town) has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Historic Melrose by E.P. Dennison and R. Coleman was published in 1998 by Historic Scotland in association with the Scottish Cultural Press. This is part of the "Scottish burgh survey" - "a series designed to identify which areas of Scotland's historic burghs are of archaeological interest". In addition to an architectural assessment the book contains a lot of information about the history of the burgh throughout the centuries.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NT545345 (Lat/Lon: 55.601976, -2.723685), Melrose (Town) which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Social life in Hawick and Melrose in 1866: a comparison compares life in the two towns in 1866.