The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland: Containing Descriptions of Their Scenery and Antiquities, with an Account of the Political History and Ancient Manners, and of the Origin, Language, Agriculture, Economy, Music, Present Condition of the People, &c. &c. &c. Founded on a Series of Annual Journeys Between the Years 1811 and 1821, and Forming an Universal Guide to that Country, in Letters to Sir Walter Scott, Bart, Volume 3

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824 - Hebrides (Scotland)

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Page 14 - There are old men yet dwelling in the village where I remain, which have noted three things to be marvellously altered in England within their sound remembrance. One is, the multitude of chimneys lately erected ; whereas, in their young days, there were not above two or three, if so many, in most uplandish towns of the realm...
Page 321 - My love he built another ship, and set her on the main, And nane but twenty mariners for to bring her hame; But the weary wind began to rise, and the sea began to rout; My love then, and his bonnie ship, turned withershins about.
Page 195 - The air is full of feathered animals, the sea is covered with them, the houses are ornamented by them, the ground is speckled with them like a flowery meadow in May. The town is paved with feathers, the very dunghills are made of feathers, the ploughed land seems as if it had been sown with feathers, and the inhabitants look as if they had been all tarred and feathered, for their hair is full of feathers, and their clothes are covered with feathers.
Page 202 - Bougus, instead of stealing in the second-hand way that he did, Dr. Slop would not have let us off for so short a list ; since, besides the seven stars, the seven metals, the seven sacraments, the seven hairs of Samson's head, the seven senses, the seven planets, the seven champions of Christendom, the seven wise men of Greece, the seven wonders of the world, the seven golden candlesticks, and at least a folio page of sevens more, Peter has discovered that the human body has seven interior and seven...
Page 153 - Noilosus, and Vesiculosus ; and these are cut at low water from the rocks on which they grow. As the value of a kelp estate depends on the magnitude of the crop, it is therefore regulated principally by three circumstances ; namely, the linear extent of the shores, the breadth of the interval between high and low...
Page 319 - We could not perceive the entrance till it was pointed out. This was an irregular hole, about four feet high, surrounded by turf; and, on entering it, with some precaution, we found a long tortuous passage, somewhat resembling the gallery of a mine, but without a door, which conducted us into the penetralia of this cavern.
Page 434 - No sooner, however, had Mrs. Nicholson taken possession of the gentleman and his horse, and his property also, securing thus the soul and body both of Don Pedro, than all this civility vanished on a sudden ; small as it was before. I asked for the ferryman, and the boat, and the tide — she kenn'd naething about the ferry — " Why, I thought you said this was the ferryhouse.
Page 153 - Hence it becomes unnecessary further to alter what I had written ; while the present view will tend to show what the effects of the loss of this manufacture are likely to be on the insular population, and how necessary it is that some equivalent, if temporary, relief should be given. If this manufacture was once ill understood and worse managed, it seems now to have attained all the perfection of which it is susceptible. June, July, August, and part of September, form the period of this harvest....
Page 182 - ... Martin, and are used for saving all their produce ; their peat, corn, hay, and even their birds. It is remarkable that this practice should have been alluded to by Solinus as common in the Western Islands, and that it should now be entirely unknown everywhere else.
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