Photographer's Note

The Gala Water, pictured just north of the Village of Stow, viewed downstream to the south.
Rising in the Moorfoot Hills, someway south of Edinburgh, the Gala Water meanders for 21 miles, descending from 1100 to 300 feet above sea level and joins the River Tweed near Melrose. It is shadowed by the A7 trunk road from Edinburgh to Carlisle and historically the North British railway, now disused.
The name 'Gala' has been connected with the Welsh garw, 'rough' some authorities derive it from the Gaelic gwala, meaning 'a full stream.' An ancient name for the valley is 'Wedale', sometimes explained as meaning the vale of woe, as having been the scene of some prehistoric struggle; others connect it with the Norse 'Ve', a temple or church, and translate the name 'holy house dale.' In Wedale Dr Skene places Guinnion, the scene of one of the twelve battles of Arthur.

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