Shetland and the Shetlanders, 2 lects., with additions, notes and appendices

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Page 28 - Brochs, the doubtful testimony of skaldic songs, 1 and the stained and mutilated fragments of old charters and parchments, they have attracted the attention of antiquarians and scholars as the chronicles and archives of no other country have done.
Page 71 - ... dangers of the deep;" for tradition tells us he dropped his line down through a hole in the knowe, and brought up his fish ready cooked at some subterranean fire. Brand, the worthy missionary of 1700, writes of this unusual mode of fishing in the following characteristic terms : — " This was certainly done by the agency of evil spirits, with whom he was in contact and covenant ; but the economy of the kingdom of darkness is very wonderful, and little known to us.
Page 39 - ... rent, they were obliged to bring to the governor, who gave them for it such necessaries as they could not be without, and at what prices he had a mind, wherewith they...
Page 90 - Lerwick, who is personally acquainted with all the circumstances : — The late Samuel Laing, Esq., of Papdale, when a candidate for the representation of the county in 1833, was, while in Lerwick, the guest of the late Mr Charles Ogilvy, to whose infant son Miss Laing afterwards sent, as a present, a beautiful christening cap, knitted by herself, of thread such as is used in the manufacture of the celebrated Lille stockings. This cap was much admired, and a lady related to the family succeeded in...
Page 78 - Haven," as the Dutchmen called it—at once, " Yea," adds Brand, " sometimes so thick do the ships lie in the Sound that they say men might go from one side of the Sound to the other, stepping from ship to ship.
Page 80 - Live as far as Gravesend in one of their best Bottoms. There is a Spot of Ground above the Town, about a Quarter of a Mile in Length, and pretty even Ground, which is very rare in Zetland; here the Countryman comes with his Horse, enquiring in Dutch, who will ride ; immediately comes a clumsy Dutchman, gives him a Dublekee (that is Twopence), then...
Page 72 - God an da guid o' wir ain puir sauls, wir wordy landmaister, an wir lovin meatmither, helt ta man, death ta fish, and guid growth i' da grund." About Lammas, when from the length of the nights, and the rapidity of the tides, lives were often lost, the convivial sentiment was, " Helt ta man, death ta fish, and detriment ta no man.
Page 43 - He was a Peasant, for he tilled his own land, and claimed no distinction among his free neighbours; but he was also Noble, for there was no hereditary order superior to his...
Page 63 - Eight pieces of this description of cloth, each measuring six ells, constituted a mark. The extent, therefore, of each Shetland site of land bearing the appellation of Mark, was originally determined by this rude standard of comparison ; its exact limits, being described by loose stones or shells, under the name of Merk-stones or Meithes, — many of which still remain undisturbed on the brown heath of the country. The Shetland mark of land presents every variety of magnitude, indicating, at the...
Page 80 - There is no Horse-hire demanded here, unless it be in the Summer, when the Dutch are upon the Coast; during that Time, some of the Country People bring in their Horses for the Dutchmen to ride, and I must own, that if they were not better Sailors than Riders, I would not chuse to venture my Life so far as Gravesend in one of their best Bottoms. There is a Spot of Ground above the Town, about a Quarter of a Mile in Length, and pretty even Ground, which is very rare in Zetland; here the Countryman...

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