Glencorse or Glencross is a parish in Midlothian, six miles south of Edinburgh. Penicuick is its post town. It is pleasantly situated on the Glencorse Burn, and is bordered by the parishes of Colinton, Lasswade, and Pennycuick. It is nearly of a circular form, having a diameter of about three miles. The surface is hilly, containing part of the Pentland range. There was formerly a large extent of moorland, but it has been reclaimed and well cultivated. The Glencorse Burn issues from the Glencorse Reservoir, built to supply Edinburgh, and falls into the River Esk.
This parish was detached from Pentland and Pennycuick, and constituted a separate parish in 1616.
It is said to be the scene of the "Gentle Shepherd". At Bullion Green General Dalziel entirely routed a body of Covenanters in 1666. A stone bearing an inscription to some of the fallen commemorates the event. A chapel called St Catherine-of-the-Hopes formerly stood here, but its site is now covered by the reservoir.
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