A View of the Ancient and Present State of the Zetland Islands: Including Their Civil, Political, and Natural History; Antiquities; and an Account of Their Agriculture, Fisheries, Commerce, and the State of Society and Manners, Volume 1

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J. Ballantyne and Company, 1809

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Halaman 219 - Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay : Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade ; A breath can make them as a breath has made ; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.
Halaman 12 - The nights begin to be very short early in May, and from the middle of that month to the end of July, darkness is absolutely unknown. The sun scarcely quits the horizon, and his short absence is supplied by a bright twilight. Nothing can surpass the calm serenity of' a fine summer night in the Zetland isles.
Halaman 89 - Bothwell's pilot, who was well acquainted with the caurse, contrived to sail close by a sunken rock, which he passed in safety ; and Kirkaldy, sailing nearly in the same direction, but unconscious of the hidden danger, struck his vessel against it, and was wrecked. The rock, which can be seen at low water, is called the Unicorn to this day.
Halaman 260 - Besides 1500 sail of herring busses and 20 wafters, " there were also," he adds, " a small fleet of dogger-boats, which were of the burden of 60 tun and upward, which did fish only with hooks and lines for ling and cod.
Halaman 269 - An Act for the further encouragement and better Regulation of the British "White Herring Fishery until the First day of June One thousand eight hundred and thirteen, and from thence to the end of the then next Session of Parliament.
Halaman 196 - Potatoe to produce seeds to be the preternaturally early formation of the tuberous root ; which draws off for its support that portion of the sap which, in other plants of the same species, affords nutriment to the blossoms and seeds : and experiment soon satisfied me that my conjectures were perfectly well founded.
Halaman 171 - ... long, which must be very pliable, and yield to the pressure of the driver's hand, when he would deepen his fur. The coulter stands almost even up and down, and is always too short. A square hole is cut through the lower end of the beam, and the mercal, a piece of oak about 22 inches (56 cm) long, introduced, which, at the other end, holds the sock and sky.
Halaman 12 - ... more majestic, and they have a solemnity superadded to their grandeur : — the water in the bays appears dark, and as smooth as glass : — no living object interrupts the tranquillity of the scene...
Halaman 12 - Nothing can surpass the calm serenity of a fine summer night in the Shetland Isles, the atmosphere is clear and unclouded, and the eye has an uncontrolled and extreme range; the hills and the headlands look more majestic, and they have a solemnity superadded to their grandeur; the water in the bays appears dark, and as smooth as glass ; no living object interrupts the tranquillity of the scene, unless a solitary gull skimming the surface of the sea ; and there is nothing to be heard but the distant...
Halaman 124 - Edmondston stated in 1809, they were demolished 'from a principle of barbarous economy to supply stones at a cheap rate for building the plain presbyterian churches which now occupy their places'.

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