Domestic Annals of Scotland Volume 2

Domestic Annals of Scotland Volume 2

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...and such like, the like whereof was never seen in many score of years before.' 'Our mischiefs, ' says the Jlfercurius Caledonius, 'began with tumults and sedition, and we are restored to our former felicity with miracles. The sea-coasts of Fife, Angus, Mcarns, and Buchan, which was famous for the fertility of fishing, were barren since his majesty went from Scotland to Worcester; insomuch that the poor men who subsisted by the trade, were reduced to go a-begging in the in-country. But now, blessed be God, since his majesty's return, the seas are so plentiful, that in some places they are in a condition to dung the land with soles. An argument suflicient to stop the black mouths of those wretches that would have persuaded the people that curses were entailed on the royal family. As our old laws are renewed, so is likewise our good, honest, ancient customs; for nobility in streets are known by brave retinues of their relations, when, during the captivity, a lord was scarcely to be distinguished from a commoner. The old hospitality returns; for that laudable custom of suppers, which was covenanted out with raisins and roasted cheese, is again in fashion; and where before a pecvish nurse would have been seen tripping up stairs and down stairs with a posset or berry for the laird or the lady, you shall now see sturdy jackmen, groaning with the weight of sirloins of beef, and chargers loaden with wild fowl and capons.' Mercurius is careful to state that, on the 1st of January 1661, the swans which used to dwell on Linlithgow Loch, and which had ' See under March 1652. 1661. deserted their haunt at the time of the king's departure from Scotland, did now grace his return by reappearing in a large fiock...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817362
  • 9781236817365