Selkirk obtained its original charter in the twelfth century from David I and it is one of the oldest burghs in Scotland. The town's development was based around the woollen industry. Statues in the town celebrate its association with the explorer Mungo Park and Sir Walter Scott, who was sheriff-deputy of the county of Selkirk and based at Selkirk's courthouse in the town square. The Selkirk Common Riding in June is a celebration of the town's traditions and links to the Battle of Flodden.
The picturesque town of Melrose is the location of Melrose Abbey, one of the most beautiful monastic ruins in Britain. It is also the site of the burial of the heart of Scottish King Robert the Bruce. Sir Walter Scott also has close associations with the Melrose area and his home at Abbotsford is a much-visited tourist attraction.
Jack Gillon is a long term resident of Edinburgh and has worked as a Town Planner involved in the conservation of the city's heritage of historic buildings for around thirty years and has an extensive knowledge of the city's history and architecture. He writes extensively on the historical heritage of Scotland and has had several books published by Amberley.