Canonbie is a small village in Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland, six miles south of Langholm and two miles north of the Anglo-Scottish border. It is on the A7 road from Carlisle to Edinburgh, and the River Esk flows through it.
Canonbie had a priory dating back to the 12th century. It was destroyed during the reign of Henry the eighth. A grassy mound in a field near the present day church is believed to be the only remnant of the ruins.
Canonbie was immortalised in a poem by Sir Walter Scott entitled Marmion. A famous section covers the exploits of young Lochinvar. Having stolen the hand of the bride of Netherby Hall, about three miles south of Canonbie, the dashing knight is chased through Canonbie, but makes good his escape. Canonbie church has a pipe organ built by the local GP, Dr. Will Lang, in his free time around 1976-79. A wonderful instrument! Canonbie was deeply affected by the 2001-foot and mouth crisis, with all the surrounding farms losing their herds. It is only five miles north of Longtown, where the disease was first spotted at the livestock market.
The village contains a post office/convenience store, the Reivers Fayre Tea Rooms, a public hall and recreation ground , a primary school, a Church, a clock shop, a hairdresser's, the Riverside Inn inn (currently being refurbished) and the Cross Keys Pub. Canonbie crosses the River Esk, and Gilnockie Tower is a short walk away.
Canonbie is on two public bus routes; the X95 (First Edinburgh) and 127 (Telford's).
It has a population of just 400 and is best known for its place in a Sir Walter Scott poem. Is Canonbie really the future of Scotland's coal mining industry?
May 30, 2007; SIR Walter Scott's eponymous hero The Young Lochinvar immortalised the place with his "racing and chasing on Cannonbie Lee"....