History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton: pts. 1-2. Cuninghame

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J. Stillie, 1866 - Ayrshire (Scotland)
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Page 257 - a small burgh towne lying at the mouth of a river of the same name, which hath some time been a pretty small port, but at present clogged and almost choaked up with sand, which the western sea beats into it, soe as it wrestles for life to maintaine a small trade to France, Norway, and Ireland, with herring and other goods, brought on horseback from Glasgow, for the purchasing timber, wine, and other commodities to supply theyr occasions with. The...
Page 140 - In later days, during the tyrannical reign of Charles II., it afforded a hidingplace to the Covenanters of this parish from the violence of their infuriated persecutors." The river Garnock flows through the parish for about seven miles, in the course of which it is joined by the Caaf and Rye, and several other tributaries. A lake appears to have stretched at one time from...
Page 15 - James, with a portion of sixty thousand florins, and a full discharge of the whole arrears of the annual, the name given to the yearly tribute due for the Western Isles, and of the penalties incurred by non-payment. Of the stipulated sum he agreed to pay down ten thousand florins before his daughter's departure for Scotland, and to give a mortgage of the sovereignty of the Orkney Islands, which were to remain the property of the kingdom of Scotland till the remaining fifty thousand florins of the...
Page 21 - Rowallane and his men, for the office of Paris Clerk of the said Kirk." Whether any bloodshed took place on the occasion does not appear. November 5, in the same year, we find that "John Schaw of Haly, William Schaw, dwelling with him, and eight others, were permitted to compound for art and part of the oppression done to Margaret Mongumry, Lady Crechdow, coming to her Place, about the feast of ' Mydsummer,' casting her goods furth of her house ; and for breaking of our sovereign lord the king's...
Page 21 - ... and thereby damaging the grain : Item, of shutting tip her ' gudis,' viz., sixty-five 'soumis'* furth of her said third part, shutting them up without ' pindande ' them in a * pyndfalde :' Item, of breaking his bond of caution to keep the peace towards the said Margaret, by casting a stone out of a window, and breaking the said Margaret's head, and ' felling her:' Item, for common oppression of the king's lieges.
Page 22 - Boyde, and other servantis of the old Lady of Home at the time of the wounding of the said Arthur : Item, for art and part of the convocation of the lieges, to the number of sixty persons, and the oppression done to the old Lady Home...
Page 89 - Rouallan," being then the two chief houses of the name in Scotland, are exhibited on page 46 of the Scottish Heraldry, emblazoned by Sir David Lindsay, Lord Lyon, about the year 1540. Those of Caldwell present the plain shield of the Mores, " three mullets, on a bend ;" while on the shield of Rowallan are quartered the wheat-sheaves of the Comyns. The most ancient of the name on record are the Mores of Polkelly, near Kilmarnock ; one of whom, David de More, appears as witness to a charter of Alexander...
Page 131 - Where races are thus numerous, and thus combined, none but the chief of a clan is addressed by his name. The laird of Dunvegan is called Macleod, but other gentlemen of the same family are denominated by the places where they reside, as Raasay, or Talisker.
Page 78 - Popish priests had announced to their congregations what they called " a secret intention," and enjoined them to stand ready armed to obey their orders. It was remembered that a friar of Derry had preached with unusual energy on the subject of Saul's destroying the Amalekites, and the iniquity of sparing those whom divine vengeance had devoted to destruction. Lord Mount- Alexander's letter was instantly sent to Dublin ; copies multiplied ; the intelligence was conveyed through all orders of men.

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