Located on the main A7 Edinburgh to Carlisle
route Selkirk is a Prominent Border Mill Town. During the
lifetime of the Lodge the main
industries it is best known for are - Shoemaking, Wool and Weaving
1767 saw the establishment of the first
woollen mill, producing yarn.
Dramatic expansion of the industry took place
along the valley of the Ettrick Water during the first half of
the 1800s. By 1869 seven mills employed a total of over 1000
people, most involved in the production of the fine tweeds for
which Selkirk was becoming famous.