The Beauties of Scotland: Containing a Clear and Full Account of the Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, and Manufactures; of the Population, Cities, Towns, Villages, &c. of Each County ...

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T. Bonar and J. Brown, 1808
 

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Page 385 - ... ocean. It is divided into distinct columns of five or six miles in length and three or four in breadth...
Page 282 - Where, thro' a shapeless breach, his stream resounds; As high in air the bursting torrents flow, As deep recoiling surges foam below, Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends, And viewless Echo's ear, astonished, rends. Dim-seen, thro' rising mists, and ceaseless show'rs, The hoary cavern, wide-surrounding, low'rs. Still, thro...
Page 461 - ... or burnt out of the ear, instead of being thrashed: this is performed two ways; first, by cutting off the ears, and drying them in a kiln, then setting fire to them on a floor, and picking out the grains, by this operation rendered as black as coal.
Page 472 - ... from without, and the air within, being agitated by the flux and reflux of the tides, is perfectly dry and wholesome, free entirely from the damp vapours with which natural caverns in general abound. We asked the name of it. Said our guide, The cave of Fhinn. What is Fhinn ? said we. Fhinn Mac Coul, whom the translator of Ossian's works has called Fingal.
Page 405 - Breadalbane undertook to bring them over, by distributing sums of money among their chiefs ; and fifteen thousand pounds were remitted from England for this purpose. The clans being informed of this remittance, suspected that the earl's design was to appropriate to himself the best part of the money, and when he began to treat with them made such extravagant demands, that he found his scheme impracticable. He was therefore obliged to refund the sum he had received ; and he resolved to wreak his vengeance...
Page 407 - Macdonald demanded whether they came as friends or enemies, he answered as friends, and promised, upon his honour, that neither he nor his people should sustain the least injury. In consequence of this declaration, he and his men were received with...
Page 471 - The mind can hardly form an idea more magnificent than such a space, supported on each side by ranges of columns ; and roofed by the bottoms of those, which have been broke off in order to form it ; between the angles of which a yellow stalagraitic matter has exuded, which serves to define the angles precisely; and at the same time vary the colour with a great deal of elegance, and to render it still more agreeable, the whole is lighted from without...
Page 14 - ... on the coast. In the course of the festivity on one of these occasions, a question arose respecting the right of taking the door, the head of the table, and such...
Page 471 - Compared to this what are the cathedrals or the palaces built by men! mere models or playthings, imitations as diminutive as his works will always be when compared to those of nature.
Page 406 - Inverary, the county town of Argyle. Though the ground was covered with snow, and the weather intensely cold, he travelled with such diligence, that the term prescribed by the proclamation was but one day elapsed when he reached the place, and addressed himself to sir John Campbell, sheriff of the county, who, in consideration of his disappointment at Fort William, was prevailed upon to administer the oaths to him and his adherents.

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