General View of the Agriculture of the County of Clydesdale: With Observations on the Means of Its Improvement

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J. Mundell, 1798 - Agriculture - 195 pages

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Page 19 - that their grandeur is lost to The eye of a beholder. When he traverses a hollow, only the sides of the nearest mountains are presented to his view, and when he climbs an eminence he sees nothing but a confused group of rugged tops, with the naked rock frequently appearing among the herbage.
Page 83 - February, and sometimes scarcely finished against the first of May. Potatoes are planted from the middle of April to the middle of May, principally in drills made by the plough, from two feet six inches to two feet nine inches asunder.
Page 6 - The Middle Ward, of which the town of Hamilton is the centre, comprehends the parishes of Hamilton, Blantire, Kilbride, A-* vondale, Glassford, Stonehouse, Dalserf, Cambusnethan, Shotts, East Monkland, and West Monkland.
Page 34 - Under the last mentioned have been found several strata of excellent lime ; and more of these thin seams of coal again have been discovered under the lime, but all of them which have yet been tried are of a lean quality. The lime found near the...
Page 19 - greatly diversified, that it would be impossible to give any toleable map of the quality of the soils. The Upper Ward, which is nearly two-thirds of the whole county, is mostly mountainous, or at least hilly and moorish, and, from the nature of the soil, and the great elevation of the country, not capable of much agricultural improvement. Between, two-thirds and three-fourths of its extent may be comprehended under this description.
Page 60 - ... of the burden, we may conclude, that, by the time of the reformation, little lefs than one half of the property in the nation had fallen into the hands of a fociety, which is always acquiring, and can never lofe.
Page 9 - ... common air, may cool the earth, and benumb the vegetables over which it pafleth?
Page 34 - ... fathoms distant. It consists solely of splint and parrot coal, and is found to be the best in the county for the smelting of iron. It is also very good for family use. 6. At a fathom and a half lower is found" the soft coal, from 30 inches to 6 feet thick. It is composed of the rough, yolk, and cherry coals, cakes much in burning, and is esteemed a good coal for the blacksmith's forge. 7. About 13 or 14 fathoms below this lies a coal, called about Glasgow the sour-milk coal. As it burns slowly...
Page 36 - Hut when this is found alone, it seems to be still more exquisitely inflammable ; it takes flame the moment it is brought in contact with the fire, and a small fragment of it may be carried about in the hand like a flambeau, and will continue for a long time to give a vivid light.

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