Account of the parish of Mid-Calder, with miscellaneous remarks

Paperback | May 21, 2012

byJohn Sommers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 Excerpt: ... work depends in a great measure upon the price of iron. The price of provisions rises and falls according to the nature of the seasons, and the failure or abundance of the crop. The quartern loaf, which weighs four pounds, was sold a few months ago at ad., and is now 9d.; a peck of oatmeal of seven pounds, which last year cost Is., is now from lid. to 13d. according to the quality; beef and mutton, per pound of sixteen ounces, are 5d. to 7d., and butter lOd. and lid; eggs are from 6d. to Is. per dozen, according to the season; chickens from Is. 6d. to 2s.; and fowls from 2s. 6d. to 3s. 6d. a pair; and other articles in proportion. This parish has not been hitherto distinguished for any particular breed either of sheep or cattle, excepting in the dairy farms, in which the Ayrshire, or a cross with the Ayrshire cows, are generally most esteemed. As the farmers rely chiefly for payment of their rents on the dairy produce, the general character of the husbandry pursued has not been, perhaps, so minutely attended to as in those places where they depend entirely upon the cultivation of grain. Since the publication of the last Statistical Account of this parish, in 1793, many important changes have taken place in practical farming and household economy. A better doctrine now prevails in the choice of seed and the rotation of crops. The attention of agriculturists in this district has been chiefly directed to the dairy system. The dairy culture has been peculiarly advantageous, both for a quick return of ready money for rent, and for enriching the land by means of an abundant supply of valuable manure for such green crops as are necessary for winter food. Turnips and potatoes, therefore, are largely cultivated for this purpose. The Swedes are commonly sown about t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 Excerpt: ... work depends in a great measure upon the price of iron. The price of provisions rises and falls according to the nature of the ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 21, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217436528

ISBN - 13:9780217436526

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