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Edinburgh Magazine,

OR

LITERARY MISCELLANY,

FOR A U GUST 1791.

With a View of KILCHURN, OR KilchairŃ CASTLE

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Page Register of the Weather for Áud Elizabeth on Toleration, 126 guit,

90 Description of Mount Carmel, 128 Buffon's Hiftoryof the Canary-bird, Account of Nazareth, Tiberias, concluded,

91
and Mount Tabor,

130 Anecdote of the abbé Dangeau, 96 of the Principles and Spirit of Miscellaneous Extracts from the the Hindag Religion,

132 Statistical Account of Scotland, 97 On the the Manners and Customs Dr Robertson's Account of the of the Hindoos,

134
ancient and high civilization of Observations by Mr Burke on an
the Iohabitants of Indi, IOI

Answer made to his Book,
A Specimen of Roman Catholic An historical Account of the

Eloquence in the year 1746 at Dignity of Emperor, with Mc-
Torwood,
TIO moirs of Leopold, II.

139 Of the Philosophers who have be. Account of Surville's transactions

lieved in a Plurality of Worlds, 112 at Port Praslin Harbour in the Mr Sheridan on some common Iands of rfacides,

143 improprieties in Writing the Account of the Productions of English Language, ,

117

Port Praslin, with a descripCircumstances which should de. tion of the Manners and Chatermine the Situation of a racter of the people,

147 Highland Fishing Village, 120 Abridged Review of New PubliObfervations on the Proceedings cations,

151 of the Joint-stock Company at

Leander and Adelifa ; a Tale, 155 Tobermory and Ullapool, 122 Poetry,

158 Letter from John Fox to Queen Monthly Register.

161 M Vol. XIV. No. 8o.

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Kilchurn, or Kilchairn Castle, is a magnificient pile, now in ruins, seated on a low ille near the southern border of Lochaw; it belongs to the

Earl of Breadaibạne It was built by Sir Colin Campbell, Lord of Lochaw, who died aged 80 in 1480. His succes fore added greatly to it. Within are some remaids of apartments, elegant and of no great antiquity. The view from it of the rich vale, bounded by vast mountains, is fine. See another View of it in our Magazine for Oaober' 1985.

On Account of the compleat detail given of the French Confitution, tour, additional pages are given with this Magazine.

State of the BAROMETBR in inches and decimals, and of Farenheit's THERE

MOMETER in the open air, taken in the morning before sud-rise, and at
poon ; and the quantity of rain-water fallen, in inches and decimals, from
July 31st 1791, to the 30th of August, near the foot of Arthor's
Seat.

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54 14 15 59 16 60 17

56 18

53 19

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29.825
29.9
29.75
29.8
29.95
29.925
29.875
29.75
29.95
29.85
29.87
29.775
29.775
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30.2
30.3
30.325
30.05
29.8275
29.65
29.535
29.4
29.6
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Buffon's Natural History of the Canary-Bird. [Concluded from p. 8.] THE

THE brood of birds in a state of cap- happens a day less or more, it is ow

tivity is not so conftant, but is per- ing to some accidental circumstance : haps more numerous than it would cold retards the exclusion of the probably be in a ftate of native free- young, and heat accelerates it. Acdum: for there are hens who will cordingly it sometimes happens, that hatch four and even five times a year, the first fitting in April lafts thirteen laying four, five, fix, and sometimes days and a half or fourteen days, if seved eggs at a time: in general they the air is at that time cold ; on the have three broods, and the moulting contrary, the third hatching, which prevents their having more. There happens during the great heats of July are hens, however, that hatch while or Auguft, lafts only twelve days, or they moult, provided they begin to fit twe've days and a half. The bad before that time. Birds of the fame eggs ought to be separated from the nest do not all begin to moult at the good ; but in order to know them fame time. The weakest are the first certainly, you should wait till they that undergo that change; the strong. have been fat upon for eight or nine eft are often a month later. The days; then take each egg by the two moulting of 'jonquil Canary-birds is ends for fear of breaking them, and more tedious and generally more fatal hold them against the fun or a lighted than that of the others. The hens candle; those that are clear must be of these jonquil birds lay only three rejected, it would only fatigue the times, with three eggs each time: the hen to leave them with her. In thus light coloured ones, both cock and detaching the clear eggs, of three hen, are too delicate, and their brood nests we may make only two ; and seldom prospers; the cream coloured the third hen being at liberty will prohave some repugnance at pairing with ceed again to lay *. It is a practice one another; in a large aviary, the much recommended by bird-fancyers male generally chuses one of a differ- to take away the eggs as the hen lays ent colour. In general, the white go them, fubftituting an ivory one in through the whole process with equal their place, that the whole may be fucceis ; they pair, build, and hatch, hatched in one day. When the last as well and better than any of the o- egg is laid, the ivory oues are removed thers, and the white spangled birds and the others replaced. In general, are likewise the ftongest of all. the time of laying is in the morning,

Notwithstanding these differences about fix or seven o'clock: it is said, in the difpofition, temperament, and that when this happens an hour later, fertility of these birds, the time of in- it is owing to the hen's being fick; cubation in all is the fame: all of the eggs being thus laid in regular fucthem fit thirteen days, and when it celliont, it is easy to take them away

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In giving the cggs of one hen to others, we must be sure that they are all good; the hen spangled birds that get clear or bad eggs, will of themselves throw them out of the nest ; and when this is so deep that they cannot effect it, they never leave striking them with their hill till they are broken, which spoils the other eggs, injures the veft, and makes the whole become abortive : the females of the other varieties will fit upon clear eggs.

Father Bugot. + The eggs are all laid at the same hour except the last, which' is some hours, and at other times a day later. This last egg is always smaller than the rest, and I have beco affured that the bird it contains is always a cock. I will the fact were well as con ained.

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