River Annan

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River Annan
Scots Gaelic: Anainn
Annan river bridge - Oct 2006.JPG
River Annan road bridge in Annan
Location
CountryScotland
CountiesAnnandale, Dumfries and Galloway
CityMoffat, Lockerbie
Physical characteristics
SourceHart Fell, Moffat. Annanhead Hill, Devil's Beef Tub
 - coordinates55°23′56″N 3°28′23″W / 55.399°N 3.473°W / 55.399; -3.473
MouthAnnan
 - coordinates
54°58′0″N 3°16′0″W / 54.96667°N 3.26667°W / 54.96667; -3.26667Coordinates: 54°58′0″N 3°16′0″W / 54.96667°N 3.26667°W / 54.96667; -3.26667
Basin size950 km2 (370 sq mi)
Hoddom Bridge

The River Annan (Abhainn Anann in Gaelic) is a river in south-west Scotland. It rises Annanhead Hill and flows through the Devil's Beef Tub, Moffat and Lockerbie, reaching the sea at Annan, Dumfries and Galloway.

Name[edit]

The etymology of the River Annan is unknown, although some sources[who?] suggest it may mean simply "water", from a Celtic language. It gave its name to Annandale, a former stewartry comprehending a large portion of modern Dumfriesshire, and to the port town of Annan near its mouth.

Description[edit]

The Annan rises on Annanhead Hill, five miles north of Moffat, and near the source of the Tweed.[1] It then flows through the Devil's Beef Tub, where it is joined by a secondary source that rises on Hartfell. It then flows past the town of Moffat and Lockerbie. Two miles out of Moffat, it is joined by the Moffat Water flowing westward from Loch Skene and the Evan Water flowing eastward from the upper part of Lanarkshire.[1] Below this, it is joined by the Kennel Water from the west and the Dryfe Water from the east.[1] It reaches the sea 2 miles past the port of Annan.

Popular culture[edit]

The Annan makes several appearances in folk songs from the Borders, and in most appears as a malevolent force, drowning those who try to cross it. One of the most well recorded is Annan Waters (Child 215). Versions of this song have been recorded by artists including Nic Jones[2] and Kate Rusby[citation needed].

In online comic Gunnerkrigg Court, the Annan Waters are a river separating the Court from the Gillitie Forest, and mark the separation between technology/science and magic/nature.

Portland band the Decemberists recorded a song entitled Annan Water on their 2009 "folk opera" concept album, The Hazards of Love. (Capitol records/Rough Trade records)[3]

See also[edit]

Annandale, Dumfries and Galloway

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c EB (1878).
  2. ^ "Child Ballads - Appendix". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The Decemberists". Retrieved 21 February 2017.

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