Letters from a Gentleman in the North of Scotland to His Friend in London;: Containing the Description of a Capital Town in that Northern Country, with an Account of Some Uncommon Customs of the Inhabitants; : Likewise an Account of the Highlands, with the Customs and Manners of the Highlanders. : To which is Added, a Letter Relating to the Military Ways Among the Mountains, Begun in the Year 1726. ; In Two Volumes, Volume 2

Ogle, Duncan, and Company ... Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh; M. Ogle, Glasgow; and M. Keene, Dublin., 1822

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Pagina 21 - The chairmen, porters, and coal-heavers in London, and those unfortunate women who live by prostitution, the strongest men and the most beautiful women perhaps in the British dominions, are said to be, the greater part of them, from the lowest rank of people in Ireland, who are generally fed with this root. No food can afford a more decisive proof of its nourishing quality, or of its being peculiarly suitable to the health of the human constitution.
Pagina 87 - We came thither too late to see what we expected, a people of peculiar appearance, and a system of antiquated life. The clans retain little now of their original character, their ferocity of temper is softened, their military ardour is extinguished, their dignity of independence is depressed, their contempt of government subdued, and the reverence for their chiefs abated.
Pagina 20 - The common people in Scotland, who are fed with oatmeal, are in general neither so strong, nor so handsome as the same rank of people in England who are fed with wheaten bread. They neither work so well, nor look so well; and as there is not the same difference between the people of fashion in the two countries, experience would seem to show that the food of the common people in Scotland is not so suitable to the human constitution as that of their neighbours of the same rank in England. But it seems...
Pagina 321 - Captain and you are also to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as you shall from time to time receive from...
Pagina 87 - There was perhaps never any change of national manners so quick, so great, and so general, as that which has operated in the Highlands', by the last conquest, and the subsequent laws. We came thither too late to see what we expected, a people of peculiar appearance, and a system of antiquated life.
Pagina 2 - The laird has all those in his power that live upon his farms. Kings can, for the most part, only exalt or degrade. The laird, at pleasure, can feed or starve, can give bread, or withhold it. This inherent power was yet strengthened by the kindness of consanguinity, and the reverence of patriarchal authority. The laird was the father of the clan, and his tenants commonly bore his name.
Pagina 3 - And, lastly, they have an adherence to one another as Highlanders in opposition to the people of the low country, whom they despise as inferior to them in courage, and believe they have a right to plunder them whenever it is in their power. This last arises from a tradition that the Lowlands in old times were the possessions of their ancestors. The chief exercises an arbitrary authority over his vassals, determines all differences and disputes that happen among them, and levies...
Pagina 124 - He observed a strict fidelity towards his own gang, and yet was indefatigable in bringing to justice any rogues that interfered with his own. He was a man of a polished behaviour, fine address, and fine person. He considered himself in a very high light, as a benefactor to the public, and preserver of general tranquillity; for on the silver plates, the ornaments of his baldrick, he thus addresses his broadsword — " Hse tibi erunt artes, pacis componere mores ; Parcere subjectis et debellare superbos.
Pagina 281 - That Companies of such Highlanders as are well affected to his Majesty's Government be Established, under proper Regulations and Commanded by Officers speaking the Language of the Country, subject to Martial Law and under the Inspection and Orders of the Governors of Fort- William and Inverness, and the Officer Commanding his Majesty's Forces in those Parts.
Pagina 110 - We should have had little claim to the praise of curiosity, if we had not endeavoured with particular attention to examine the question of the Second Sight. Of an opinion received for centuries by a whole nation, and supposed to be confirmed through its whole descent, by a series of successive facts, it is desirable that the truth should be established, or the fallacy detected.

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