Observations on the Present State of the Highlands of Scotland: With a View of the Causes and Probable Consequences of Emigration

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1805 - Highlands (Scotland) - 223 pages
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Page xxxi - All their household stuff, which is very little worth, though it might well abide the sale: yet being suddenly thrust out, they be constrained to sell it for a thing of nought. And when they have wandered...
Page xxvi - Inclosures at that time began to be more frequent, whereby arable land, which could not be manured without people and families, was turned into pasture, which was easily rid by a few herdsmen ; and tenances for years, lives, and at will, whereupon much of the yeomanry lived, were turned into demesnes.
Page xxx - I, your sheep that were wont to be so meek and tame and so small eaters, now, as I hear say, be become so great devourers and so wild, that they eat up and . „ swallow down the very men themselves. They consume, destroy, and devour whole fields, houses, and cities.
Page xxvi - That all houses of husbandry, that were used with twenty acres of ground and upwards, should be maintained and kept up for ever; together with a competent proportion of land to be used and occupied with them...
Page xxx - ... fraud, or by violent oppression they be put besides it, or by wrongs and injuries they be so wearied, that they be compelled to sell all...
Page xxx - They consume, destroy, and devour whole fields, houses, and cities. For look in what parts of the realm doth grow the finest, and therefore dearest wool, there noblemen and gentlemen : yea, and certain Abbots, holy men...
Page xvii - Wherever we roved, we were pleased to see the reverence with which his subjects regarded him. He did not endeavour to dazzle them by any magnificence of dress : his only distinction was a feather in his bonnet ; but as soon as he appeared, they forsook their work and clustered about him : he took them by the hand, and they seemed mutually delighted.
Page xxx - ... all into pastures : they throw down houses : they pluck down towns, and leave nothing standing, but only the church to be made a sheephouse.
Page xxxi - ... woeful mothers with their young babes, and their whole household small in substance and much in number as husbandry requireth many hands. Away they trudge, I say, out of their known and accustomed houses, finding no place to rest in.
Page xxvi - The king likewise knew full well, and in no wise forgot, that there ensued withal upon this a decay and diminution of subsidies and taxes ; for the more gentlemen, ever the lower books of subsidies.

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