The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Ayr, Bute

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1845 - Scotland - 993 pages

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Page 830 - 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 155 - 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 742 - ... 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 265 - 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 813 - The art of executing very large and magnificent buildings in timber frame-work, was carried to high perfection in the northern countries of Europe during the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. It had made great progress in England, and was there known and practised in the building of churches, under the name of the Teutonic style. Owing, however, to the perishable nature of the materials, and to accidents by fire, these churches were frequently either destroyed, or reduced to a state of...
Page 249 - 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 567 - 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 85 - The date of its erection cannot be ascertained, as the original charter of its creation has been lost. But it is traditionally ascribed to a grant by Robert the Bruce, in favour of forty-eight of the inhabitants who had distinguished themselves at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Page 529 - Pretender's horses, and was accordingly taken. He was soon after led along the lines of the British Infantry, in which his son, then a very young man, held the commission of an ensign. The Earl had lost his hat in the strife, and his long hair was flying in disorder around his head, and over his face. The soldiers stood mute in their lines, beholding the unfortunate nobleman. Among the rest stood Lord Kilmarnock, compelled by his situation to witness, without the power of alleviating, the humiliation...
Page 742 - ... of ornament except an edging or projecting part about half an inch from the top. " No coins, or armour, or implements of any description, could be found. " The discovery of these urns renders evident that, at a very remote period, and while the practice of burning the dead still prevailed. — that is to say, before the introduction of Christianity — some person or persons of distinction had been deposited there.

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