River Annan

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River Annan (Scots Gaelic: Anainn)
River
Annan river bridge - Oct 2006.JPG
River Annan road brig in Annan
Kintra Scotland
Region Dumfries an Gallowa
Coonties Annandale, Dumfries an Gallowa
Ceety Moffat
Soorce Hart Fell, Moffat. Annanhead Hill, Devil's Beef Tub
 - coordinates 55°23′56″N 3°28′23″W / 55.399°N 3.473°W / 55.399; -3.473
Mooth
 - location twa mile past Annan intil the Solway Firth
 - coordinates 54°58′0″N 3°16′0″W / 54.96667°N 3.26667°W / 54.96667; -3.26667Coordinates: 54°58′0″N 3°16′0″W / 54.96667°N 3.26667°W / 54.96667; -3.26667
Basin 950 km2 (367 sq mi)
Hoddam Brig

The River Annan (Scots Gaelic: Abhainn Anann is a river in Dumfries an Gallowa in soothwast Scotland. It rises on Annanheid Hill an flowes throu the Deil's Beef Tub, Moffat, an Lockerbie, reakin the sea at Annan.

Name[eedit | eedit soorce]

The etymology o the River Annan isna kent, awtho some soorces suggest it micht mean simple "watter", fae a Celtic leid. It gied its name tae Annandale, an umwhile stewartry kiverin a lairge pairt o modren Dumfriesshire, an til the port toun o Annan near its mooth.

Descrivin[eedit | eedit soorce]

The River Annan rises on Annanheid Hill, 5 mile north o Moffat, near the soorce o the Watter o Tweid (aboot 1.2 mile awa),[1] an close an aw til the soorce o the River Clyde (6.5 mile awa).[2] It syne flowes throu the Deil's Beef Tub whaur it is jynt bi a seicont soorce that rises on Hartfell. It syne flowes past the touns o Moffat and Lockerbie. Twa mile oot o Moffat, it is jynt bi the Moffat Watter flowin wastwart fae Loch Skene an the Evan Watter flowin eastwart fae the upper airt o Lanrikshire.[1] Ablo this, it is jynt by the Kennel Watter fae the wast an the Dryfe Watter fae the east.[1] It reaks the sea 2 mile past the port o Annan.

Faur ben cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]

The River Annan maks several appearances in fowk sangs fae the Mairches, an in maist o the sangs it appears as a ill-gien force, drounin thaim that say attempt tae cross it. Ane o the maist weel recordit is Annan Waters (Child ballant 215). Versions o this sang hae been recordit bi airtists includin Nic Jones[3] an Kate Rusby. In the online comics Gunnerkrigg Court, the Annan Waters is a river separatin the Coort fae the Gillitie Forest, an merks the separation awtwen technology/science an magic/naitur.

The Portland baund The Decemberists recordit a sang cawed Annan Water on thair 2009 "fowk operae" concept album, The Hazards of Love (Capitol Recoroes/Rough Trade Records).[4]

Notes[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 EB (1878).
  2. The Tweed: Take a trip on a river flowing with history, The Independent, 21 April 2007
  3. "Child Ballads - Appendix". Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  4. "The Decemberists". Retrieved 21 February 2017.

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