A geographical and statistical description of Scotland: Containing a general survey of that kingdom ... a description of every county ... and a statistical account of every parish, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Printed for A. Constable, 1819 - History
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Page 60 - We were enclosed by a natural wall, rising steep on every side to a height which produced the idea of insurmountable confinement. The interception of all lateral light caused a dismal gloom. Round us was a perpendicular rock, above us the distant sky, and below an unknown profundity of water. If I had any malice against a walking spirit, instead of laying him in the Red Sea, I would condemn him to reside in the Buller of Buchan.
Page 257 - There is great diversity of soil. The general appearance is a scene of ruggedness and sterility. Some patches of miserably cultivated soil relieve the eye of a traveller ; but no tree nor shrub is to be seen. The western parts are...
Page 292 - We were now treading that illustrious island, which was once the luminary of the Caledonian regions, whence savage clans and roving barbarians derived the benefits of knowledge, and the blessings of religion. To abstract the mind from all local emotion would be impossible, if it were endeavoured, and would be foolish, if it were possible. Whatever withdraws us from the power of our senses ; whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity...
Page 237 - I made a * Mr. Pinkerton alludes, I presume, to the History of the Orkney Islands, in which is comprehended an account of their present, as well as their ancient state ; together with the advantages they possess for several branches of Industry, and the means by which they may be improved. By the Rev. George Barry, DD, which was published in a quarto volume in 1805, shortly after the death of the author.
Page 300 - Soon after flood tide has entered the sound, the sea at this place is violently agitated. It boils, foams, and passes away in successive whirls. The commotion increases till near the fourth hour of flood, when it is most impetuous. The waves are tossed up with a great noise that may be heard at twelve miles distance.
Page 6 - Reginald. It was in the form of a cross. The length from east to west is about 136 feet by 24 over walls, and the transept from north to south about 78 feet by 24.
Page 303 - One of these was originally 190 feet long ,' but, at present, a part of it only is covered. The other cave is 70 feet long, 30 broad, and 40 high* — At the south end of the island, there is a subterraneous passage...
Page 61 - Bute, and is the chief town of the county of Bute. It is governed by a provost, two bailies, a dean of guild, treasurer, and twelve councillors, and now unites with the county of Bute in sending a Member to Parliament. Besides the burgh courts, the Sheriff and Justice of Peace Courts and County meetings are held here.
Page 7 - 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. The following masses have been collected : — 1.
Page 178 - These ovals are situated on the top of an eminence round which are marked out three concentric circles; one at the bottom, another 28 paces above the former, and the third 12 paces higher, immediately surrounding the ovals.

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