Liddel Water

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Kilnholme House, Dumfriesshire on the Liddle

Liddel Water is a river of the Middle Shires. It runs initially through Roxburgh, where it forms a dale named Liddesdale, a district infamous in the history of the border reivers. The lower reaches of the river mark the county boundary of Roxburghshire with Cumberland and later of Cumberland with Dumfriesshire, until the Liddle enters the River Esk. The river was formerly one of the boundaries of the Debatable Lands.

Liddel Water's source is beneath Peel Fell in Roxburghshire, where it is formed by the confluence of Caddroun Burn, Wormscleuch Burn and Peel Burn. Soon afterwards, the nascent Liddel Water is fed by Dawston Burn near the village of Saughtree.

The river continues to swallow tributary streams as it follows its southwesterly course, which takes it through the village of Newcastleton (also known as Copshaw Holm) to that of Kershopefoot, where the burn begins to mark the boundary with Cumberland.

Liddel Water flows into the River Esk at Willow Pool, overlooked by the earthworks of the former castle of Liddel Strength near Carwinley, on the east bank of the river in Cumberland.


The Liddle Water takes the waters of numerous streams on its course, including:

  • Peel Burn
  • Wormscleuch Burn
  • Caddroun Burn
  • Dawston Burn
  • Kiln Burn (at Burnmouth Farm)
  • Riccarton Burn (at Riccarton Farm)
  • Larriston Burn (at Hewisbridge Cottage)
  • Boghall Burn (at Dinlabyre)
  • Riever Sike (at Ovenshank)
  • Hermitage Water (near Sandholm)
  • Ryedale Burn (near Brox)
  • Black Burn (opposite Whithaugh)
  • Priesthill Burn (at Whithaugh)
  • Tweeden Burn (at Tweeden Plantation)
  • Tinnis Burn (opposite Kershopefoot)
  • Kershope Burn (at Kershopefoot)
  • Muir Burn (near Bankhead)
  • Whitlawside Burn (near Whitlawside)
  • Archer Beck (near Crookholm)
  • Rowan Burn (at Rowanburnfoot)

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