In Christmas 2011, I was given a copy of Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt. The
I am having to rely on people reading the book to me, but it is clearly a comprehensive reference book featuring many eminent Scots such as Colin Maclaurin, the mathematician. His theorem was taught to us as part of our calculus studies in school.
Other Scottish/English border issues discussed by Rachel Hewitt recently include a presentation on BBC Radio 3’s Freethinking Essay which can be heard here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017093f/Free_Thinking_Festival_2011_The_Free_Thinking_Essay_Rachel_Hewitt/
More information on the Debatable Lands issue can be found on:
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|Arniston House, Midlothian, Scotland|
Growing up in Edinburgh, Arniston was the final stop on some of the country buses (the green ones as opposed to the city buses in Edinburgh, which were and still are maroon). I was never quite sure where Arniston was and in going through an A to Z of destinations from the Old St Andrew Square bus station, there were quite a few places which had some mystique, though there were only a few miles away. Another place was Birkenside and it turns out that Birkenside is the last stop for public transport in order to get to Arniston House. As it’s about 2 miles from the nearest bus stop, we went by car.