01 As discussed elsewhere on the Queensberry,
and Enterkin Pass web galleries the actual place where the
Clyde first takes it's name and becomes "the Clyde"
is a bit of an enigma. In Glasgow for example it was commonly
held that the source of the River Clyde was Tinto
Hill. There is also a more realistic saying that the Rivers
and Clyde all rise from the same hill and there is a Clyde Law
(OS Ref. NT027171) which is certainly near the sources of the
Tweed and Annan Rivers though there is a short descent and ascent
in between. Clydes Burn runs west off Clyde Law, runs past a place
called Little Clyde and joins the conjoined waters of Daer and
Potrail just south of Elvanfoot (OS Ref. NS963155). But I think
the odds have got to be very firmly on the place you are looking
at in these pictures (OS Ref NS 954137).
Near the left side of the picture above you can see a blue asterisk
at the meeting point of the Daer Water (coming from the top right
corner of the picture) and the Potrail Water (coming in from the
right side of the picture). There is a third "water"
running down to meet the other two at their junction, and this
is the Glenochar Burn which you see entering the picture from
the bottom right corner and passing under the A702 road - which
is the other thin band of light running across the picture from
right to left and nearer to us. Glenochar farmhouse, among the
trees, is at the roadside where the Glenochar Burn runs under
it. The red asterisk shows where there is a visitor's car park
for visiting Glenchochar
Bastle and Fermtoun which of course you could also use to
visit the source of the Clyde. To get from there down to the meeting
of the waters you walk east along the road past Glenochar farmhouse,
over the Glenochar Burn, and in at the gate just beyond it on
your right. Check out the map
in the Dun Law web gallery for a larger view of the area than
is given in the maps below.
So just by the left edge of this picture is where the River Clyde
is born though as you can see in the Ordnance Survey maps below
there always seems to be an element of doubt - even Ordnance Survey
seemed to go along with the idea of Clyde Law being the source
as you can see below and for most people the Ordnance Survey is
the ultimate arbiter on such matters.