Every-day Life on an Old Highland Farm, 1769-1782

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Longmans, Green and Company, 1924 - Badenoch (Scotland) - 276 pages
A study of the account book of William Mackintosh of Balnespick.

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Page 31 - But of all the Views, I think the most horrid is, to look at the Hills from East to West, or vice versa, for then the Eye penetrates far among them, and sees more particularly their stupendous Bulk, frightful Irregularity, and horrid Gloom, made yet more sombrous by the Shades and faint Reflections they communicate one to another.
Page 20 - ... unto the full end and term of seven years from thence next ensuing and fully to be complete and ended. During all which said term of seven years...
Page 109 - The common people in Scotland, who are fed with oatmeal, are in general neither so strong nor so handsome as the same rank of people in England who are fed with wheaten bread. They neither work so well, nor look so well ; and as there is not the same difference between the people of fashion in the two countries, experience would seem to show, that the food of the common people in Scotland is not so suitable to the human constitution as that of their neighbours of the same rank in England. But it...
Page 127 - Hence the Highlanders, whom more savage nations called savage, carried in the outward expression of their manners the politeness of courts without their vices; and, in their bosoms, the high point of honour, without its follies.
Page 30 - The Summits of the Highest are mostly destitute of Earth ; and the huge naked Rocks, being just above the Heath, produce the disagreeable Appearance of a scabbed Head...
Page 23 - My earthly king's son commands me to drive the homeless wanderer from my door, to shut my bowels of compassion against the cries of the needy, and to withhold from my fellow-mortals in distress the relief which it is in my power to afford. Pray, which of these commands am I to obey ?" To this, the Duke (in the words of the late Mr.
Page 113 - Two or three cheeses, of about three or four pound weight a-piece; a kid, sold for sixpence or eight-pence at the most ; a small quantity of butter in something that looks like a bladder, and is sometimes set down upon the dirt in the street ; three or four goat-skins ; a piece of wood for an axle-tree to one of the little carts, etc.
Page 151 - There is a great difference between that mild treatment which is shown to sub-tenants and even scallags, by the old lessees, descended of ancient and honourable families, and the outrageous rapacity of those necessitous strangers who have obtained leases from absent proprietors, who treat the natives as if they were a conquered and inferior race of mortals.
Page 12 - Fianf" (Can you speak of the days of Fingal ?) If the answer was in the affirmative, the whole hamlet was convened, and midnight was usually the hour of separation. At these meetings the women regularly attended, and were, besides, in the habit of assembling alternately in each other's houses, with their distaffs, or spinning-wheels, when the best singer, or the most amusing reciter, always bore away the palm.
Page 138 - ... quitrent to their superior, than as a fair and full rent for land in Scotland.' The normal acquiescence of the proprietor in this view was not, of course, due primarily to sentimental attachments. As is well known, Highland estate values before the eighteenth century were reckoned not in money but in men. In the military organisation of the clan, the tacksmen formed an essential element, since by blood, instincts, and training they were its natural lieutenants. As such they were indispensable...

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