Scotland in Pagan Times: The Iron Age, Volume 1

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D. Douglas, 1883 - Iron age - 314 pages
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Page 23 - A Bushel of Corn." By A. STEPHEN WILSON. An investigation by Experiments into all the more important questions which range themselves round a Bushel of Wheat, a Bushel of Barley, and a Bushel of Oats. Crown Svo, with Illustrations, 9s. " It is full of originality and force.
Page 197 - ... had found they were, in several places, forced forwards, apparently by some action behind them. This action was irregular, for its effects appeared indiscriminately at the top, at the bottom, and in the middle of the retaining walls, which were built of brick, generally about 5 feet 6 inches thick at the bottom, and 2 feet 6 inches at the top, with a curved face. Wherever the wall had been removed, for the purpose of rebuilding it, the face of the clay behind appeared to stand quite straight,...
Page 204 - ... space below, and rising to the number of twenty or more, immediately over the door which gives access to the galleries. In short, the concentration of effort towards the two main objects of space for shelter and complete security was never more strikingly exhibited, and no more admirable adaptation of materials so simple and common as undressed and uncemented stone, for this double purpose, has ever been discovered or suggested.
Page 22 - Forty years ago Mr. Skene published a small historical work on the Scottish Highlands which has ever since been appealed to as an authority, but which has long been out of print. The promise of this youthful effort is amply fulfilled in the three weighty volumes of his maturer years. As a work of historical research it ought in our opinion to take a very high rank."— Times.
Page 21 - Sheriffmuir (13th November 1715), .of sad memory, on Struan consulting the stone as to the fate of the morrow, the large internal flaw was first observed. The Stuarts were lost — and Clan Donnachaidh has been declining in influence ever since. " The virtues of the Clach-na-Bratach are not altogether of a martial nature, for it cures all manner of diseases in cattle and horses, and formerly in human beings also, if they drink the water in which this charmed stone has been thrice dipped by the hands...
Page 3 - Sir John Lubbock, in Nature, December 14, 1882. " Whilst thanking him for what he has already accomplished, we may express a hope that he will continue his researches." Glasgow Herald, October 27, 1882. " As we have pointed out, the explorations of the last two years have, so to speak, resurrected an ancient people, and we may hope that further explorations will enable us better to fix their position in prehistoric times, and better to understand their modes and habits of life and their surroundings....
Page 24 - Social Life in Former Days; Chiefly in the Province of Moray. Illustrated by letters and family papers. By E. DUNBAR DUNBAR, late Captain 21st Fusiliers. 2 vols. demy 8vo, price 19s.
Page 2 - Scot. 1 vol. demy 8vo, profusely illustrated, 21s. " A standard authority on the subject of which it treats." — Times. "... Our readers may be assured that they will find very much to interest and instruct them in the perusal of the work.
Page 152 - Anderson draws the conclusion from this that the native art was already in the period of its highest development at or about the time of the Roman occupation of the southern portion of Scotland.
Page 114 - ... armour they use shields as tall as the man, and painted over after a peculiar fashion. Some of these shields have figures of animals in relief of bronze, not merely for ornament, but also for defence, and very well wrought. They wear bronze helmets, having lofty projections rising out of them, and which impart a gigantic appearance to the wearers ; for upon some are fixed pairs of horns united, upon others the heads of birds, or of beasts, 1 Who destroyed their nationality by making them all...

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