"Selkirkshire, an inland co. in the SB. of Scotland; is bounded N. by
Edinburghshire, E. by Roxburghshire, S. by Dumfriesshire, and W. by Peeblesshire;
greatest length, NE. and SW., 28 miles; greatest breadth, NW. and SE., 17
miles; area, 164,545 ac., pop. 25,564. The surface, rising in a succession
of verdant uplands or heath-clad hills, is from 300 to 2433 ft. above sea-level.
The country in early times was covered with woods, and, known as Ettrick
Forest, was long a royal hunting-ground. The river Tweed flows through the
N. part of the co., and affords good salmon fishing." from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British