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It would be improper to conclude without returning my best acknowledgments to the Clergy in general, for the attention they have paid to the different requisitions with which I have troubled them, and for the very polite and flattering manner with which they have personally addressed themselves to me on the occasion. The spirit and alacrity with which they have enga. ged in fo laborious an undertaking must ever do them infinite credit; and they must feel the utmost satisfaction from the reflection, that they have contributed to the formation of a Work, of which it may be truly faid, in the words of a respectable citi. zen of this country *, “ That no Publication of equal “ information and curiosity has appeared in Great “ Britain since Dooms.day Book; and that, from the “ ample and authentic facts which it records, it must “ be resorted to by every future Statesman, Philoso. " pher, and Divine, as the best basis that has ever
yet appeared for political speculation."
• George Dempster, Esq;
E 2DIN. MAY 25.
The Statistical Account of a Parochial District.
As many of the Clergy may be desirous of having a particu
lar form laid down for drawing up the Statistical Account of their respective Parishes, the following plan for that purpose is submitted to their confideration,
The name, and its origin
Total quantity of grain and other articles consumed in the
employed in it
Number of poor
Parochial funds, and the management of them
1. By the place of their birth 2. By their ages 3. By their religious perfuafions 4. By their occupations and situation in life 5. By their residence, whether in town, village, or in the
country VOL. I.
to the crops
horses, their nature, and value
swine and ditto
C O N T E N T S.
Linton (in Peebleshire) 18.
54 65 69 72 79 89 97 IOI 103 114 116
148 153 159 167 184
• It may be proper to remark, that, by some mistake, it was quitted to be mentioned, that the account of Ballantrae was transmitted by the Rev. Mr William Donaldson, minister of that parilh, who took a very early and active part in this inquiry,