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SCOTS MAGAZINE,

AND

Edinburgh Literary Miscellany,

FOR OCTOBER 1815:

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With a View of HARTREE, with the Village of BIGGAR, and the Ruins of the Castle of BOGHALL at a distance.

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Register of the Weather for October,... 122
High Water at Leith for November,... ib.
Description of the annexed View,...... 723
On the Process of Wine-making. By
Dr Macculloch, Woolwich,
724
Monthly Memoranda in Nat. History, 727
Memoirs of the Progress of Manufac
tures, Chemistry, Science, and the
fine Arts,

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734

Anecdotes of Mr Park and Mr Scott,
Biographical Account of the late Mr
H. Lunn, Bookseller,
List of New Stamps imposed by the
late Act on Law Proceedings in Scot-
land, (concluded from page 677,)....
On the Improvement of the District of
Corryarraick,..
Proceedings of the Caledonian Horti-
cultural Society,...........
Observations on the planning of Streets, 741
Suggestions relative to the Improve-

737

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ments now carrying on in Edinburgh, 742 Narrative of the Destruction of the Ship Perseverance; related by the Supercargo, Seventh Keport of the Commissioners appointed for superintending the making of Roads, and Building of Bridges, in the Highlands of Scotland, (concluded from page 664,).... 748 On the Causes of our Domestic Embarrassments, and of the Depreciation of Property,.

754

Extracts from the Caledonian Mercury
of 1660-61, (continued from p. 674), 758
-Honours paid to the Body of the
Marquis of Montrose,....................
ib.
-Punishment of Delinquents,.......... 760
-Advertisements,.
761

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SCOTTISHI REVIEW.

I. Travels in France during the years
1814-15, comprising a Residence at
Paris during the stay of the allied
Armies, and at Air at the period of
the landing of Bonaparte,.............. 762
II. Consolation, with other Poems; by
the Rev. William Gillespie,·

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New Works published in Edinburgh,... 774 ib. Literary Intelligence,....................

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the Government of Ferdinand,................. ib.. Domestic Intelligence,..........

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-House of Commons (omitted in our
last,)
-Refractory Conduct of the Seamen
of Shields, &c.,
—Pedestrianism..............................
Ireland,.........

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SCOTTISH CHRONICLE.

Proceedings of the Circuit Court of
Justiciary at Jedburgh and Dumfries, -789
At Ayr,..........
790
At Inverary, Stirling, and

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791 At Inverness............... 793 At Aberdeen, 794 ................................... At Perth, 795 ib. Grand Masonic Procession,..... Floods in Scotland, .............. Magistrates of Edinburgh, Dean of Guild Court,...... Merchant Company, Miscellaneous,.......................................

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STATE OF THE BAROMETER, &c. From Sept. 26th to Oct. 25th 1815, in the vicinity of Edinburgh.

1815. Sept. 26

Barom. Thermom.

M. N.

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48 60

38 61

45 58

41 56

43 59

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54 60

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28

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29 29.71

30 29.7

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30.45 41 59

10 30.32 45 55

11 30.2 49 60
12 30.1 47 56
13 30.02 49 55
14 29.81 50 54

15 29.9 4.5 53
16 29.61

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Showers

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High Water at Leith for November, 1815. Morn. Even.

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Fr. 10 9

Sa. 11 10

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M. 13 11

Tu. 14 12

W. 15

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Sa. 18 2 52
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Fr. 24 8
Sa. 25 9 31 10 5
Su. 26 10 38 11
M. 27 11
Tu. 28 12
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November 5. Gunpowder Plot, (1605.) 11. Martinmas.

14. Court of Session sits.
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MOON'S PHASES For NOVEMBER 1815. Apparent time at Edinburgh.

D. H. M. New Moon, 1. 9 5 morn. First Quart. 8. 12 5 night. Full Moon, 16. 11 40 night. Last Quart. 23. 11 5 night. New Moon, 30. 10 27 night.

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THE

Scots Magazine,

AND

EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,

For OCTOBER 1815.

Description of the annexed View. W

E have this month given a view of Hartree, the seat of Col. Alexander Dickson-with the village of Biggar, and the ruins of the castle of Boghall, seen in the distance.

Hartree is a handsome, modern house, built by the present proprietor, who, most usefully to the neighbourhood, has spent much of his life there. It lies close to the site of the old mansion-house of Hartree, which was one of the fortified stations running along the line of mountains that divide the middle country from the borders. We somewhat regret the removal of this old place for though aware that it. was by no means beautiful, we know that a fine effect must always be produced by a ruin seen among trees; and besides, we have an instinctive veneration for walls that are eight feet thick, not to mention towers, which always with us are inter sacra. These remarks we make with much submission to the worthy Colonel, whose public spirit and urbanity of manners have secured for him a very general respect and regard.

There are, in this neighbourhood, the remains of several encampments, which, if history supported our conjecture, we should imagine to be Danish, from their circular form. The high land above Biggar is the traditionary ground on which the English army lay, the night before its defeat by

Wallace, in the battle which bears the name of this place.

The castle of Boghall, once situated in a marsh, and defended by a moat, though now approached on all hands by corn-fields, was anciently the seat of the noble family of Wigton, and now belongs to that of Elphinstone. It is in a state of rapid decay, which, we are ashamed to understand, was accelerated some years ago by the appropriation of a part of its materials to the erection of a dog-kennel! It is still, however, a ruin of considerable interest; and we would entreat the proprietor to save it, and adorn the spot, by surrounding it with planting. It appears to have been one of the strongest and most extensive fortresses in the south of Scotland.

The town of Biggar, which lies very prettily, has the aspect, at a distance, of an English village. But its connexion with the parent country is fully vindicated on a nearer approach, by numerous objects both of sight and smell, which leave no room to doubt of its true geography. It enjoys every facility, however, for cleanliness; and the people alone are to blame, if it possess a different character.

The church, which was collegiate, and richly endowed, was dedicated to "the blessed Mary of Biggar," and is by no means a contemptible building. Its appearance is considerably injured by the whitewashing of one

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