Caledonia, Or, A Historical and Topographical Account of North Britain from the Most Ancient to the Present Times: With a Dictionary of Places, Chorographical and Philological, Volume 5

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A. Gardner, 1890 - Scotland


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Page 24 - The Arms they make use of in War, are, a Musket, a Broad Sword and Target, a Pistol and a Dirk or Dagger, hanging by their side, with a Powder Horn and Pouch for their Ammunition. They form themselves into Bodies of unequal Numbers according to the strength of their Clan or Tribe, which is Commanded by their Respective Superior or Chieftain. When in sight of the Enemy they endeavour to possess themselves of the highest Ground, believing they descend on them with greater force.
Page 25 - Clans where they Inhabit ; They drive the Stolen Cattle in the Night time, and in the Day remain on the Tops of the Mountains or in the Woods (with which the Highlands abound) and take the first occasion to sell them at the Fairs or Markets that are annually held in many parts of the Country.
Page 28 - Insurrections may ever happen to experience whether the Barracks will effectually answer the end proposed ; yet I am humbly of opinion ; That if the number of Troops they are built to contain, was constantly Quartered in them (whereas there is now in some but 30 Men) and proper Provisions laid in for their support during the Winter Season, they might be of some use to prevent the Insurrections of the Highlanders; Though as I humbly conceive, (having seen them all) that two of the four are not built...
Page 29 - Tennants when in a Condition are also said to have sent him free Gifts in proportion to their several Circumstances but are now a year and a half in Arrear of Rent. The Receipts he gives to the Tenants are, as Deputy Factor to the Commissioners of...
Page 12 - It would also, in all probability, be of advantage to give a greater degree of publicity to the appendix of our last report, containing a comparison of the customary measures employed throughout the country. 5. We are not aware that any further services remain for us to perform, in the execution of the commands laid upon us by your Majesty's commission; but if any superintendence of the reVOL.
Page 30 - Scotland are still more impracticable, from the want of Roads and Bridges, and from the excessive rains that almost continually fall in those parts ; which, by nature and constant use, becomes habitual to the Natives, but very difficultly supported by the regular troops.
Page 12 - Troy pound, according to the two-pound weight made in 1758^ remain unaltered ; and that 7000 Troy grains be declared to constitute an avoirdupois pound ; the cubic inch of distilled water being found to weigh at 62, in a vacuum, 252.72 Parliamentary grains.
Page 12 - ... and of the bushel, peck, quart, and pint, derived from it, and of their parts, be procured without delay for the Exchequer, and for such other offices in your Majesty's dominions, as may be judged most convenient for the ready use of your Majesty's subjects. 4. Whether any further legislative enactments are required, for enforcing a uniformity of practice throughout the British empire, we do not feel ourselves competent to determine : but it appears to us that nothing would be more conducive...
Page 12 - ... cubic inches ; and that correct standards of this imperial gallon, and of the bushel, peck, quart, and pint, derived from it...
Page 25 - ... and their Lives at the Mercy of the Tribe or Clan to whom the Banditti belong. The Richer sort (to keep, as they call it good Neighbourhood) generally compound with the Chieftain of the Tribe or Clan, for double Restitution, which he willingly pays to save one of his Clan from Prosecution, and this is repaid him by a Contribution from the Thieves of his Clan, who never refuse the payment of their proportion to save one of their own fraternity. This Composition is seldom paid in Money, but in...

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