The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge Volume 6

The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...British spscies. Ray says ' Anglia hunc non alit. In Hibernia inveniri dicitur.' Pennant writes--'This species is found in no other part of Great Britain than the Highlands of Scotland, north of Inverness, and is very rare even in those parts. It is there known by the name of Capercalze, Auerralze, and in the old law books Caperkally--the last signifying the horse of the woods--this species being, in comparison of others of the genus, pre-eminently large.' He also says--'In our country I have seen one specimen, a male, killed in the woods of Mr. Chisolme, to the north of Inverness. About the year 1760 a few were to be found about Thomas Town in the county of Tipperary, but I suspect that the breed is now extinct in every part of Ireland." Graves (1813) says--'This species is nearly extinct in Great Britain; two instances of its being killed in Scotland within these few years are the only satisfactory accounts we have received of its being recently found in these kingdoms. One was killed by a gentleman of the name of Henderson near Fort William about six years ago, and sent to Dundee; but tb.p vessel that conveyed it to London was detained so long on the passage that the bird became so putrid that only the head and legs could be preserved. The other specimen-was shot by Captain Stanton near Burrowstoneness two winters ago; they were both males. Some few are said to be yet remaining in the pine forests of Scotland, and also in the mountainous parts of Ireland.' Bewick speaks of it as very rare in Great Britain. In the last edition of Montagu (1833) it is stated that the bird was last seen in 1760 in the woods of Strath-glass, that it continued in Strathspey till 1745, and that recent attempts have been made to re-introduce it from Norway...show more

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  • Paperback | 708 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489764
  • 9781236489760