Ladywood Edge, Selkirk

Grid reference

NT 486 257 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

348700 625700





Altitude (metres)




Nearby places

Ladylands, settlement, Selkirk (1.53 miles)

St Mungo's Well, Selkirk (1.59 miles)

Selkirk Regis, former parish, Selkirk (1.74 miles)

Selkirk (Abbatis), parish (1.89 miles)

St Helen's Loch, Selkirk (2.15 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



The primary feature seems to be an outcrop of land, though the name seems current only in Ladywoodedge Moss on modern OS map. The settlement called Ladywood is recent, no such dwellings being shown on OS 6" 1st edn. Ladywood Edge seems famous as the site of a a legend related to Selkirk's coat of arms. Here from Groome (repeated in many other places): "[Sir Walter] Scott, who gives other two verses in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, seems inclined to refer them to the gallantry of the men of Selkirk at Flodden, and to the alleged poltroonery of Lord Home on the same occasion. 'The few survivors,' he says, 'on their return home, found, by the side of Ladywood Edge, the corpse -f a female, wife to one of their fallen comrades, with a child sucking at her breast. In memory of this latter event, continues the tradition, the present arms of the burgh bear a female, holding a child in her arms, and seated on a sarcophagus, decorated with the Scottish lion, in the background a wood.' Certain at least it is that the figures in the burgh arms are those of the Virgin and Child. Nor is the legend much more tenable that a weaver of Selkirk greatly distinguished himself in the fight, and captured an English flag, though this so-called Flodden flag is now in the custody of a gentleman in the town."

Relationships with other parishes

Within Selkirk (Abbatis), parish