Ayrshire (volume 1); Its History And Historic Families by William Robertson

Ayrshire (volume 1); Its History And Historic Families

byWilliam Robertson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV THE SOCIAL MARCH OF THE SHIRE A CENTURY BACK If there is considerable difficulty in obtaining a bird's-eye view of the social conditions of the Ayrshire of two or three hundred years ago, there is none whatever in seeing, through the eyes of the contemporary observers, how the fathers lived in the end of the seventeenth and the opening years of the eighteenth centuries. For not only have we that invaluable record, " The Statistical Account of Scotland," in which every parish is treated by its parish minister--save in a few exceptional cases where the kirk was vacant and the chronicle was given to some well known citizen to write--but also the official reports of such shrewd and painstaking observers as Colonel Fullarton of Fullarton, and Mr. William Aiton, who, though in his "General View of the Agriculture of the County of Ayr" he describes himself as "writer, Strathaven," was a native of and had a close and intimate personal knowledge of the shire. In dealing with social life, a great deal naturally depends on the point of view of the observer. Colonel Fullarton was a man of altogether exceptional capacity. He had some of the prejudices of his class, and more than a latent fear of the subversive principles which, springing from the French Revolution, threatened to overturn the established order, but he was none the less keenly alive to the weaknesses that engrafted themselves on the social economy of the period, and there is every evidence in his report to the Board of Agriculture (1793) of an earnest desire to be scrupulously just and fair. Colonel Fullarton deserves to take high place among the sons of Ayrshire. Born in 1754, he had all the advantages of training and education that the times afforded. From the beginning he was ardent in the acqui...

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Title:Ayrshire (volume 1); Its History And Historic FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217723853

ISBN - 13:9780217723855

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