Name and etymology
It could be that the name literally means 'lambs' moor'. and is derived from the Old English words lambra and mor. It could also be the case that the name is Gaelic, and derived from lann barra mor, meaning 'level spot on the big height'. Early forms include Lombormore, Lambremore, Lambermora and Lambirmor.
The Lammermuir Hills are formed from a succession of Silurian and Ordovician age marine sediments known as greywackes together with siltstones, shales and mudstones. They are assigned to the Gala Group. Unconformably overlying these highly faulted and folded strata are outcrops of the early Devonian age Great Conglomerate Formation which forms a part of the Reston Group of Old Red Sandstone rocks. These coarse red-purple conglomerates underlie a band of country in the east between Longformacus and Oldhamstocks and also occur in an isolated outcrop east of Soutra Hill and beneath the Dun Law Wind Farm on the western margin of the hills. The same strata extend down Lauderdale on the western margin of the hills.
Numerous dykes of different lithologies largely of Devonian age but some of Carboniferous age and with a generally NE-SW alignment occur throughout the area. The Priestlaw Intrusion is a mass of late Silurian/early Devonian granite which occurs in the area of Whiteadder Reservoir.
Glacial meltwater channels are common along the northern and eastern margins of the hills, with a notable group beneath Newlands Hill and Dod Law to the southeast of Gifford and north of Deuchrie Edge and Lothian Edge, largely directed towards the northeast in these areas.
Spanning the counties of Selkirk, East Lothian, and Berwick, the Lammermuirs extend from the Gala Water to St Abb's Head, and offer a traditional site for sheep grazing. The hills are nowhere especially high, the highest points being Meikle Says Law at 535 m (1,755 ft) and the Lammer Law at 528 m (1,732 ft); but steep gradients, exposure to the elements, and a lack of natural passes combine to form a formidable barrier to communications between Edinburgh and the Borders.
The hills are crossed by only one major road (the A68), which crosses the shoulder of Soutra Hill between Lauder and Pathhead, and is frequently closed by snow in winter. The main road linking Edinburgh to England (the A1) avoids the hills by following a circuitous route around the coast.
Crystal Rig Wind Farm is located on the hills.
Historical and literary significance
- List of places in East Lothian
- List of places in the Scottish Borders
- Marilyns in the area
- List of places in Scotland
- "Downloads – ScotWays" (PDF).
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- William Cook Mackenzie (1931). Scottish place-names. K. Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd. p. 216.
- Peter Drummond. Scottish hill and mountain names: the origin and meaning of the names of Scotland's hills and mountains. Scottish Mountaineering Trust. p. 62.
- "Lammermuir Hills". Places to See – East Lothian.
- Johnston, James B (1892). Place-names of Scotland. Edinburgh, Scotland: D Douglas. p. 162. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Great Conglomerate Formation". Lexicon of Named Rock Units. British Geological Survey. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
- "Geoindex Onshore". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
- Godfrey, John (2009). The Church in Anglo-Saxon England. Cambridge University Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780521050890.