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Queensberry, a mountain (2285 feet) in Closeburn parish, N Dumfriesshire, 13/8 mile SE of the nearest point of Lanarkshire, 1¼ N by E of Wee Queensberry (1675 feet), 7 miles WSW of Moffat, and 7¾-but 12 to walk -ENE of Thornhill. Sending down its eastern base into the parish of Kirkpatrick-Juxta, and lifting its summit but a brief way from the extreme angle of the deep indentation made by Lanarkshire into Dumfriesshire, it forms, with its fine, bold, sombre mass, a striking feature in many rich scenic landscapes. Its suffix is the Anglo-Saxon berg, ` a hill, ' softened into berry; and, situated amid a congeries of noble heights, but queening it over them all like a sovereign among her courtiers, it is truly the ` queen hill ' of a rich and superb district. About 1802 Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, was tending his master's ewes on the slopes of Queensberry, when he received a visit from James and Allan Cunningham. See Drumlanrig.—Ord. Sur., shs. 16, 10, 1864.

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