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Galashiels, Scottish Borders

Galashiels is a burgh in the Scottish Borders, on the Gala Water river. The name is often shortened to "Gala". Galashiels is a major commercial centre for the Scottish Borders. The town is known for textile making, and is the location of Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design, Galashiels Academy and one campus of the Borders College, which as of 2009 has moved and now joins with the University.
Post townGalashiels
Administrative CountyScottish Borders
Traditional CountySelkirkshire / Roxburghshire
OS GridNT4936
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLothian and Borders
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01896

Galashiels, Scottish Borders in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Galashiels, parl. burgh, manufacturing town, and par.-- par., partly in Roxburghshire but chiefly in Selkirkshire, 8440 ac., pop. 9742; town, Galashiels and Melrose pars., Selkirkshire, on Gala Water, 1 mile above its confluence with the Tweed, 33½ miles SE. of Edinburgh by rail -- parl. and mun. burgh, pop. 15,330 (parliamentary limits extended 1885); 5 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. Galashiels was originally, according to tradition, a hunting-seat of the Scottish kings; modern Galashiels dates from the close of the 18th century. It is the chief seat of the woollen mfr. in Scotland, the principal fabric being tweeds. Galashiels was one of the first towns in Scotland to adopt the Free Libraries Act. Along with Hawick and Selkirk it returns 1 member to Parliament.

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