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Abbotsford Road
Darnick is located in Scottish Borders
Location within the Scottish Borders
Population540 (mid-2020 est.)[1]
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMELROSE
Postcode districtTD6
Dialling code01896
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°36′N 2°45′W / 55.600°N 2.750°W / 55.600; -2.750Coordinates: 55°36′N 2°45′W / 55.600°N 2.750°W / 55.600; -2.750
Darnick Tower

Darnick is a village near Melrose in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former Roxburghshire. The name was first recorded in 1124, and has changed from Dernewic, Dernwick and Darnwick to the present Darnick. Darnick Tower [Wikidata] was built in c. 1425, and another tower house, Fisher's Tower, is still recognisable by its remains.

Fisher's Tower

Skirmish Hill by Darnick is the site of a battle which took place on 25 July 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.

John Smith of Darnick created the Wallace Statue at Bemersyde House. His family were builders and masons during the first half of the 19th century, and they have to their credit an extension to Abbotsford, Dryburgh Abbey House, Eckford Church, Gattonside House, Hawick North Bridge, the bridge over the Hermitage Water, Melrose Parish Church, and Yetholm Parish Church.

Places nearby include Abbotsford, Buckholm, Eildon, the Gala Water, Galashiels, Gattonside, Lindean and Newtown St Boswells.

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  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.


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