The Statistical Account of Scotland: Drawn Up from the Communications of the Ministers of the Different Parishes, Volume 3

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Sir John Sinclair
W. Creech, 1792 - Scotland

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Page 366 - Soon after the explosion commenced a number of meteorites fell to the ground over an area a mile and a half in length and half a mile in breadth.
Page 525 - ... or some veteran who has been in the Army, and who attends to maintain order, and give as they term it here, the word of relief. Upon his crying Relief ! the four under the bier prepare to leave their stations, and make room for other four, that instantly succeed. This progression is observed at the interval of every five minutes, till the whole attendants come in regularly, and, if the distance requires it, there is a .second, a third, or a fourth round...
Page 105 - The custom still remains (in the West of Scotland) amongst the Herds and young people, to kindle fires in the high grounds, in honour of Beltan. Beltan, which in Gaelic signifies Bnn! or Bch-fire, was anciently the time of this solemnity. It is now kept on St. Peter's Day.
Page 201 - ... hills, and the remainder of an old wall, about thirty yards long, and ten or twelve feet thick. The ruins were buried in the ground, and might have continued hid from mortal view, had not a scarcity of manure induced people to dig about the old wall for rubbish : in doing this, they came upon the remains of four gates and five turrets, of very extraordinary dimensions.
Page xiv - ... and cultivated - the nature and amount of the various productions of the soil - the value of the personal wealth or stock of the inhabitants, and how it can be augmented - the diseases to which the people are subject, their causes and their cure - the occupations of the people - where they are entitled to encouragement, and where they ought to be...
Page xiv - ... the state of the manners, the morals, and the religious principles of the people, and the means by which their temporal and eternal interests can best be promoted.
Page 378 - the cock-fight dues, which are equal to one quarter's payment for each scholar.
Page 151 - Caledonians, about the period when the Scots were driven by the Picts beyond the Tay, and had their seat of government at Dunkeld.
Page 185 - ... comfort they enjoyed. There was scarcely any variety of wretchedness with which they were not obliged to struggle, or rather, to which they were not obliged to submit. They often felt what it was to want food. The scanty crops they raised were consumed by their cattle in winter and spring ; for a great part of the year they lived wholly on milk, and even that, by the end of the spring and the beginning of summer, was very scarce.
Page xiii - ... the means of improvement of which they are respectively capable, the amount of the population of a state, and the causes of its increase or decrease, the manner in which the territory of a country is possessed; and cultivated, the nature and amount of the various productions of the soil, the value of the personal wealth or stock of the inhabitants...

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