The New Statistical Account of Scotland: Ayr, Bute

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W. Blackwood and Sons, 1845 - Scotland

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Page 844 - A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains ; a great people and a strong : there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth : the laud is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness ; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Page 754 - The centre 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 273 - 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 257 - 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 451 - Pecten opercularis skipping quite nimbly through the pool. Their motion was rapid and zigzag, very like that of ducks in a sunny blink, rejoicing in the prospect of rain. They seemed, by the sudden opening and closing of their valves, to have the power of darting like an arrow through the water. One jerk carried them some yards, and then by another sudden jerk they were off in a moment on a different tack.
Page 208 - It may not perhaps be out of place here to give a list of the ministers of this parish, so far as is known.
Page 754 - ... 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.
Page 677 - 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.
Page 635 - Revelation; he appears in a seaman's clothing, with a blue cap, and asks what she would. She puts one question to him, and he answers it; and she casts three of the feathers at him, charging him to his place again ; then he...
Page 221 - ... the materials of which it was composed have been removed to build fences, &c. The outer wall cannot now be easily traced, but, from what remains, it appears to have been from ten to twelve feet in thickness. The entrance has been on the western side. The vestiges of a fosse or ditch are still visible at the foot of the hill. It must have been a place of great strength, and commands a view of the surrounding country for many miles. The stones must have been brought from a considerable distance,...

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