Sketches of the Coasts and Islands of Scotland, and of the Isle of Man; Descriptive of the Scenery, and Illustrative of the Progressive Revolution in the Economical, Moral, and Social Conditions of the Inhabitants of Those Volume 1

Sketches of the Coasts and Islands of Scotland, and of the Isle of Man; Descriptive of the Scenery, and Illustrative of the Progressive Revolution in the Economical, Moral, and Social Conditions of the Inhabitants of Those Volume 1

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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: ... This gentleman mentioned tome, that he had known a whole family slink away from this island, unable to bear the disgrace which had been brought on them by the delinquency of an individual member of it. On another occasion, endeavouring to comfort an offender whose guilt had overwhelmed him with shame, he received the following affecting answer: " But my grandchildren will suffer from it." Another tacksman, stranger by birth to the island, who has resided on his farm several years, declared that he had never seen a blow struck; though occasionally, he admitted, that quarrels occurred at the fairs. Prize-fighting is held in perfect contempt by the natives of these regions, whose martial spirit has, nevertheless, been sufficiently celebrated, to prove that it requires no stimulant from this brutal custom. That self-respect and regard for character which pervaded the community, under a system which distributed throughout a numerous class the advantages of competence, hereditary rank and education, which fall to the lot of few in a more complicated state of society, tended to counterbalance much of the evil of the system. It formed the cement of that moral discipline for which the Highland regiments were celebrated, whilst their ranks were recruited from the same neighbourhood and clan. General Stewart mentions, that there were no less than sixty gentlemen farmers on the estates of Macdonald and Macleod. There is but one tacksman now in Sky, whose grandfather held a lease in the island. The only individual of whom this might be stated, when I visited Sky, has since died, and his family have removed. v The moral and religious improvement of the natives of Sky has advanced lately, and is not a little attributable to the operations of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620836
  • 9781236620835