The statistical account of Scotland: Drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, Volume 14 (Google eBook)

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Sir John Sinclair
W. Creech, 1795 - Scotland
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Page 535 - A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance...
Page 613 - This is what the sailors call a leaky tide, which happens always in good weather during the neap-tides, and sometimes also during the spring-tides if the weather be uncommonly fine. When the water has flowed for three hours, it then runs back for about an hour and a half, nearly as far as when it began to flow. It returns immediately, and flows during another hour and a half to the same height it was at before ; and this change takes place both in the flood and ebb tides. So that there are actually...
Page 224 - Adamson's chronology), Sir William Wallace, in his way to France, encountered and took him prisoner. At Wallace's intercession, the French King conferred on him a pardon, and the honour of knighthood. He accompanied Wallace on his return to Scotland, and was ever after his faithful friend, and aiding in his exploits. Upon that hero's being betrayed and carried to England, Sir Thomas Charteris retired to Lochmaben, where he remained till Robert Bruce began to assert his right to the crown of Scotland....
Page 202 - So that there is still remaining of the abbey what will give a pretty complete idea of what it was. At the nunnery there are fewer remains. The Nunnery Church is quite entire ; one end of it is arched, and is very beautiful. Here also stands what was called the parish church : it is yet entire, but tottering. There was a court, with a piazza, to the west side of the Nunnery Church, and round it the cloisters were built ; but there are hardly any remains of them, but on the south side of the court.
Page 527 - July 18, 1652: Janet Fife made her public repentance before the pulpit, for learning M. Robertson to charm her child ; and whereas M. Robertson should have done the like, it pleased the Lord before that time to call upon her by death.
Page 200 - ... whatever it was, stood in a hollow between Dunii and Dunbhuirg, and but faint vestiges of it now remain. In 1795 it is described as " the foundation of a small circular house, upon a reclining plain. From the door of the house, a walk ascends to a small hillock, with the remains of a wall upon each side of the walk, which grows wider to the hillock. There are evident traces of the walls of the walk taking a circuit round, and enclosing the hillock
Page 171 - The crop was very fine, and the field, extending to about two miles in length, and from half a mile to...
Page 210 - though by no means superstitious, (an observation which in the sequel seems very odd,) they still retain some opinions handed down by their ancestors, perhaps from the time of the Druids. It is believed by them, that the spirit of the last person that was buried watches round the church-yard till another is buried, to whom he delivers his charge.
Page 352 - ... which every man instantly laid hold of his arms, &c., and repaired to Carn-na-cuimhne, where they met their leaders also in arms, and ready to give the necessary orders. The stake of wood was named Croishtarich. At this day, was a fray or squabble to happen at a market, or any public meeting, such influence has this word over the minds of the country people that the very mention of Carn-na-cuimhne would, in a moment, collect all the people in this country, who happened to be at said meeting,...
Page 352 - ... Carn-na-cuimhne has been the watch word of the country. At that period, every person, capable of bearing arms, was obliged to have his arms, a bag, with some bannocks in it, and a pair of new mended shoes always in readiness ; and the moment the alarm was given that danger was apprehended, a stake of wood, the one end dipped in blood (the blood of any animal), and the other burnt, as an emblem of fire and sword, was put into the hands of the person nearest to where the alarm was given, who immediately...

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