Records of the Burgh of Prestwick in the Sheriffdom of Ayr. 1470-1582: With an Appendix and Illustrative Notes (Google eBook)

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John Bain
Maitland Club, 1834 - Ayrshire (Scotland) - 147 pages
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Page vi - JAMES MAIDMENT, ESQ. THOMAS MAITLAND, ESQ. WILLIAM MEIKLEHAM, ESQ. WILLIAM HENRY MILLER, ESQ. WILLIAM MOTHERWELL, ESQ. 45 WILLIAM MURE, ESQ. ALEXANDER OSWALD, ESQ. JOHN MACMICHAN PAGAN, ESQ., MD WILLIAM PATRICK, ESQ.
Page xxi - The farm houses were mere hovels, moated with clay, having an open hearth or fire-place in the middle ; the dunghill at the door, the cattle starving, and the people wretched. The few ditches which existed were ill constructed, and the hedges worse preserved. The land overrun with weeds and rushes, gathered into very high, broad serpentine ridges, interrupted with large baulks, such as still disgrace the agriculture of some English counties.
Page v - HONOURABLE THE EARL OF GLASGOW, [PRESIDENT.] HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF SUSSEX. ROBERT ADAM, ESQ. JOHN BAIN, ESQ. 5 ROBERT BELL, ESQ. SIR DAVID HUNTER BLAIR, BART. BERIAH BOTFIELD, ESQ.
Page xxii - One-half of the crop went to the landlord, and the other remained with the tenant, to maintain his family and to cultivate his farm. The tenants were harassed with a multitude of vexatious servitudes ; such as ploughing and leading for the landlord, working his hay, and other operations, which, from the nature of them, unavoidably interfered with the attention necessary on the tenant's own farm. These are now almost entirely abolished.
Page vii - ESQ. [SECRETARY.] 60 WILLIAM SMITH, ESQ. GEORGE SMYTHE, ESQ. MOSES STEVEN, ESQ. DUNCAN STEWART, ESQ. SYLVESTER DOUGLAS STIRLING, ESQ. 65 JOHN STRANG, ESQ. THOMAS THOMSON, ESQ. PATRICK FRASER TYTLER, ESQ. ADAM URQUHART, ESQ. SIR PATRICK WALKER, KNIGHT. 70 WILSON DOBIE WILSON, ESQ.
Page xxv - ... the county of Ayr, and other provinces adjacent, to the lowest gradation of want ; obliging hundreds of families to fly for subsistence to the north of Ireland, where their descendants still remain.
Page xxii - It was often run-rigged or mixed property ; and two or three farmers usually lived in the same place, and had their different distributions of the farm in various proportions from 10 to 40, 60, or 100 acres.
Page vi - DENNISTOUN, ESQ. JAMES DOBIE, ESQ. 15 RICHARD DUNCAN, ESQ. [TREASURER.] WILLIAM JAMES DUNCAN, ESQ. JAMES DUNLOP, ESQ. JAMES EWING, ESQ., LL.D. KIRKMAN FINLAY, ESQ. 20 REV. WILLIAM FLEMING, DD WILLIAM MALCOLM FLEMING, ESQ. JOHN FULLARTON, ESQ. RIGHT HON. THOMAS GRENVILLE. JAMES HILL, ESQ. 25 LAURENCE HILL, ESQ.
Page xxii - The ground was scourged with a succession of oats after oats, as long as they would pay for seed and labour and afford a small surplus of oatmeal for the family ; and then remained in a state of absolute sterility or over-run with thistles, till rest again enabled it to reproduce a scanty crop. ' The arable farms were generally small, because the tenants had not stock for larger occupations.

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