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Caerlanrig is located in Scotland
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55°20′01″N 2°56′56″W / 55.33356°N 2.94894°W / 55.33356; -2.94894Coordinates: 55°20′01″N 2°56′56″W / 55.33356°N 2.94894°W / 55.33356; -2.94894

Caerlanrig - also spelled 'Carlenrig' - (Gaelic: Cathair Lannraig) is a hamlet in the parish of Cavers, Borders, Scotland, lying on the River Teviot, 6 miles (10 km) north east of that river's source, and 10 miles (16 km) south west of Hawick.


The first element of the name is probably the extinct Cumbric cair 'fortification', though Gaelic cathair has been suggested.[1] The second element is generally taken as Cumbric lanerx, meaning 'clearing' (cf. Welsh llanerch).[2] Another suggestion is that the name is Cumbric cair + Old English lang 'long' and hrycg 'ridge'.[3]

Border reiver[edit]

It is best known for being the site where John Armstrong of Gilnockie, notorious member of Clan Armstrong and brother of Thomas, Laird of Mangerton was captured and hanged by King James V for being a reiver.[4]

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  1. ^ "Precedents of Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme: Names - Unique to Names - Yiddish". Archived from the original on 11 January 2007. Retrieved 13 February 2006.
  2. ^ Coates, Richard, Invisible Britons: the view from toponomastics. In George Broderick and Paul Cavill, eds, Language contact in the place-names of Britain and Ireland. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society, 41-53, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Bethany Fox, 'The P-Celtic Place-Names of North-East England and South-East Scotland', The Heroic Age, 10 (2007), (appendix at
  4. ^ Aeneas Mackay, Historie and cronicles of Scotland, vol. 1 (Edinburgh, 1899), pp. 334-5

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