The Social Life of Scotland in the Eighteenth Century

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A. and C. Black, 1906 - Scotland - 545 pages
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Page 179 - OATS [a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people], — Croker.
Page 76 - I found it impossible to get through the very first novel. But is it not,' she said, ' a very odd thing that I, an old woman of eighty and upwards, sitting alone, feel myself ashamed to read a book which, sixty years ago, I have heard read aloud for the amusement of large circles, consisting of the first and most creditable society in London.
Page 401 - And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day, the smoke thereof shall go up for ever; from generation to generation it shall lie waste, none shall pass through it, for ever and ever.
Page 228 - ... two hundred thousand people begging from door to door. These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country. And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress...
Page 76 - English ; their peculiarities wear fast away ; their dialect is likely to become in half a century provincial and rustic, even to themselves. The great, the learned, the ambitious, and the vain, all cultivate the English phrase, and the English pronunciation ; and in splendid companies Scotch is not much heard, except now and then from an old lady.
Page 275 - They were the worst preachers I ever heard : they were ignorant to a reproach : and many of them were openly vicious. They were a disgrace to their orders, and the sacred functions ; and were indeed the dregs and refuse of the northern parts.
Page 41 - Drummond was so kind as to go down to the Strath, and bring wrights, and carts, and smiths, to our assistance, who dragged us to the plain, where we were forced to stay five or six hours...
Page 332 - Had Eppy's Apron bidden down, The Kirk had ne'er a kend it; But when the Word's gane thro
Page 510 - Scotland) are compell'd to reinforce an ancient Statute, that commands all Masters and others, not to force or compel any Servant, or an Apprentice, to feed upon Salmon more than thrice a Week.
Page 358 - Monday with gentlemen of not too correct lives whom he had professionally consigned to perdition on Sunday. He could pass with alacrity and sincerity from devout prayers by a bedside to a roystering reunion in Fortune's tavern and return home with his Bible under his arm and five bottles under his girdle.

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