The antiquities of Scotland, Volume 1

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Printed for Hooper & Wigstead, 1789 - Architecture - 308 pages
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Page 158 - ... draw-bridge, well made and strong, and a sufficiency of other defences. It had good walls and good ditches, filled to the edge with water ; and I believe there...
Page 40 - Seat ; commanding a view over Leith, the frith of Forth, and the county of Fife. This situation appears to have been chosen, with an intention of attracting the notice of seamen coming up that frith ; who, in cases of danger, might be induced to make vows to its tutelar saint.
Page 55 - O sacred solitude ! divine retreat ! Choice of the prudent ! envy of the great ! By thy pure stream, or in thy waving shade, We court fair wisdom, that celestial maid : The genuine offspring of her lov'd embrace, (Strangers on earth !) are innocence...
Page 47 - Seventh, who was then in Scotland, and several other persons well versed in antiquity, to whom my mother would not hearken, thinking it beggarly to be buried after that manner. The great expenses she was at in burying her husband occasioned the sumptuary acts which were made in the following Parliament.
Page 152 - Lairds of Closburn, which hath been a considerable strength of old, by bringing the Loch of Closburn about it, whence it is called Closburn because inclosed with Water or Burn. This Loch is of great deepness and was measured on the Ice eight Acres in the midst of a spacious Bog. The fish of this Loch are for the most part Eels with some great Pikes, who for lack of food eat up all the young.
Page 152 - Dwelling house of the Lairds of Closburn, which hath been a. considerable strength of old, by bringing the Loch of Closburn about it, whence it is called Closburn because inclosed with Water or Burn.
Page xxi - To my ingenious friend, Mr. ROBERT BURNS, I have been variously obligated. He not only was at the pains of marking out what was most worthy of notice in Ayrshire, the country honoured by his birth, but he also wrote, expressely for this work, the pretty tale annexed to Aloway Church.
Page 28 - Lea, knight, saved me out of the flames, and brought me into England. In gratitude to him for his kindness, I, who hitherto served only at the baptism of the children of kings, do now most willingly offer the- same service, even to the meanest of the English nation. LEA, the Conqueror, hath so commanded- Adieu, A. D* 1513, in the 26th year of King Henry VIII.
Page 43 - It has on the base of it several dragons in the strongest or first kind of basso relievo, as one can easily thrust a finger or two between some parts of the dragon and the base. The dragons are chained by the heads, and twisted into one another. This beautiful pillar has round it, from base to capital, waving in the spiral way, four wreaths of the most curious sculpture of...
Page 48 - Roslin ; for he kept a great court, and was royally served at his own table in vessels of gold and silver; Lord Dirleton being his master-household, Lord Borthwick his cup-bearer, and Lord Fleming his carver ; in whose absence they had deputies to attend, viz.

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