A dissertation on the chief obstacles to the improvement of land throughout Scotland [by sir A. Grant].

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Page 27 - ... or two of acres will break no squares, and to nearer than that I believe the very best of our maps are not true. The method I took for the doing it was by weighing in nice scales that part of the sheet-map of England copied from Mr. [John] Adams (which I esteem the best), that represents the land, and comparing the weight of the whole with that of a circle taken out of the middle of the map, whose diameter was 138! miles or two degrees (which is the greatest that the kingdom can afford, being...
Page 41 - Indeed one can scarcely regard it but as a secret fascination, that so many Europeans go in quest of distant seats in America, while the lands in Europe are so poorly cultivated, and with a proper policy might plentifully maintain a much greater number of people.
Page 53 - Grant (A Dissertation on the Chief Obstacles to the Improvement of Land, 1760, 53) ' a midling farm there (Aberdeenshire) generally, consists of ground divided as follows, viz. : Acres Infield or land still in bear and oats, and dunged every third year 24 Outfield, kept half ley, half oats, and toathed every loth year . 40 Faughs, kept half ley, half oats, but never dunged or toathed . 10 Of other land, according to the situation of the farm, either laighs (low wet grounds ploughed only in dry seasons),...

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