The story of a village in south-west Scotland
WATERBECK is now a small rural village in the south-west of Scotland. It has not always been that way. In the early medieval period, when the area was close to the Debatable Lands, the Bell family, known as the ‘bloody Bells’, were involved in the Border feuds, marauding and killing. During the eighteenth century Waterbeck grew to be a thriving village supporting numerous trades, as well as being surrounded by working farms and other settlements. In its time it rose to become one of the most important centres for bacon-curing and agricultural seed production in Scotland, owing to the enterprise of the Carlyles. Then, in the 1970s, virtually the whole village was sold off, becoming the quiet, residential village it is today.
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