The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Ayr, Bute

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1845 - Scotland
 

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Page 842 - A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Page 847 - I a' my fee, For ae blast o' the western wind, To blaw the reek frae thee." O then bespake her daughter dear, — She was baith jimp and sma': "O row' me in a pair o' sheets, And tow me owre the wa'!
Page 787 - O how canst thou renounce the boundless store Of charms which Nature to her votary yields ! The warbling woodland, the resounding shore, The pomp of groves, and garniture of fields ; All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all the dread magnificence of Heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven...
Page 31 - The poor inhabitant below Was quick to learn and wise to know, And keenly felt the friendly glow, And softer flame ; But thoughtless follies laid him low, And stain'd his name ! Reader, attend ! whether thy soul Soars fancy's flights beyond the pole, Or darkling grubs this earthly hole, In low pursuit ; Know, prudent, cautious, self-control Is wisdom's root.
Page 161 - Bloody Dumbarton, Douglas, and Dundee, Moved by the devil and the Laird of Lee, Dragged these five men to death with gun and sword, Not suffering them to pray or read God's word : Owning the worke of God was all their crime— The Eighty-five was a saint-killing time.
Page 752 - ... of the mound was found to be occupied by boulder stones, some of them of considerable size. When the excavators had reached the depth of about four feet, they came on a flag-stone of a circular form about three feet in diameter. Under the circular stone, was first a quantity of dry yellow coloured sandy clay, then a small flag-stone laid horizontally, covering the mouth of an urn filled with white-coloured burnt bones.
Page 271 - The Ministers and Magistrates flee all away. ' I got to the Isle of Cumbrae with my Lady Montgomery; but left ' all my family and goods to Cromwell's courtesy, — which indeed ' was great ; for he took such a course with his soldiers...
Page 255 - It stands on a ledge of rock projecting into the sea under the bold promontory to which it gives name, a singularly wild and romantic situation. Several royal charters of the two first Stewart Kings bear to have received the sign-manual at
Page 577 - Turn your astonish'd eyes ; behold yon huge And unhewn sphere of living adamant, Which, poised by magic, rests its central weight On yonder pointed rock ; firm as it seems, Such is its strange and virtuous property, It moves obsequious to the gentlest touch Of him whose breast is pure ; but to a traitor, Tho' even a giant's prowess nerv'd his arm, It stands as fixed as Snowdon.
Page 675 - The next entry after 1G43 is in 1702, the commencement of another volume. And for more than half a century after this date, there are scarcely ten consecutive years of their transactions recorded. The register of baptisms, extending to four volumes, begins in 1673; that of deaths, in one volume, in 1763; and that of marriages, also in one volume, in 1823.

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