Description of the Shetland Islands, Comprising an Account of Their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities (Etc.) - Edinburgh, Constable 1822

Description of the Shetland Islands, Comprising an Account of Their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities (Etc.) - Edinburgh, Constable 1822

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...a mark; but the factor for the superior thought proper to charge the current price for the feu-duty butter, and many of the proprietors followed this example; so that a mark of butter, which weighs 1 English, is sometimes 3d., 4.d., and 4;', d., instead of the old conversion of Qgd. a mark. This, i the tenants considered as a hardship, as few of them can pay their but ter rents in kind." The lands which were originally udal, but which were feudalized at a later period by the Earls of Mormon, are enjoyed on tenures that are comparatively light. Some very ancient patrimonies having never been held by a charter from the Crown, are still in a. limited degree udal. But the vassals who having inherited the proper estates of the Crown and its donators, have been rendered liable to the charge contained in the ancient rental of Shetland, labour under heavy burdens. All landholders, however, still pay the old seat that was rendered to the Kings of Norway; they pay a duty named lVattle, in commemoration of the prayers of a good sainted lady which the Shetlanders, in Popish times, purchased as an intercession for their manifold sins, and which Earl Ronmu' STUART, a Protestant reformer, contrived to perpetuate, by inserting in his rental; they pay the ox and sheep money that was granted as a compliment to the Earl of Bo'r1rw1-11.1., when he obtained a refuge in Shetland, after his marriage with the unfortunate Maav. The average of seat, wattle, and ox money, is said to be about 8d. Sterling; some lands being charged for them as high as 1s. 4d. According to Mr Snmnnrr, in his account of the agriculture of the country, the landholder pays one-half the cess or land-tax, and rogue-money; a premium for killing eagles, ravens, and...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236956613
  • 9781236956613