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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/11/0008
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

as much as 8 bolls of barley — 16 lbs. Scotch = 24 lbs English} — a boll (or 8 bushels) of
16 lbs. _____ = a trone } barley here will weigh 18 or
19 trones — and land here will yield 8 or 10 quarters oats per English acre — obliged to rub the
sheep here about the 1st October with a composition of 2lb. butter to a Scotch pint of tar —
without this the sheep would be very poor, and many would die — wool now so low, it will hardly
pay the expense of the rubbing with butter and tar — I think he said the wool was now only about 4d a trone —
apparently a very good sort of respectable farmer who has the neat-looking farm at a little distance [illegible] almost opposite
the Inn at the Trosachs — he talked so much had not time to look much at the 4to. [quarto] volume lying in
the cottage giving an account of the lake and its islands — on the larger of the 2, Inchmahome,
(Inschemachame) stood the earliest Augustinian monastery in Scotland, founded by King
Edgar who died a.d. 1106-7 vide the appendix of to Archbishop Spottiswode's history of the church
of Scotland, 1677. Scone the 2nd monastery founded in Scotland by Alexander the 1st in
1114 — now tired of waiting for the boat's arriving from the island, said we wait no longer, and the
woman of the hut, and our driver contrived to get the water out of a clumsy cattle-boat, and
rowed us (off at 5 3/4) to Inchmahome in 10 minutes — vide Scottish tourist 59/415 — very pretty
island of between 4 and 5 acres (Scotch, I think) — the ruins of the priory pretty considerable — within is a plain
marble slab monument to the memory of the last Graham of Gurtmur [Gartmore] who died in May 1818,
and having no near relations left this property to the Duke of Montrose a Graham but no near relation, if
relation at all — this last Graham of Gurtmur [Gartmore] was of right Earl of Monteith but never took
the title — some remarkably fine Spanish chesnuts — the fruit ripened 2 years ago — ripens in warm
summers — the ground covered with old orchard trees chiefly apple — said to be above 100 years old —
sometimes bear — will bear this year — sometimes pasture the island — sometimes mow it — Shew us queen
Mary’s bower planted by herself, particularly the great thorn in the middle, when she was aetatis [age of] 12 — this thorn stands in
the middle of a circle of now rather ragged looking trees, thorns or what not with a low fence of
box creeping all round — saw the parish church manse and modern cemetery of the Grahams of Gartmore in the distance
(north) — there are considerable ruins on the lesser island of the house of the last Earl of Monteith
who died 130 years ago who was preparing when he died to built a house on the north side the lake
on a beautiful rocky mound or knowl [knoll] that he would turned the lake all round — 20 minutes on the greater
island — very pretty — what a pity it rained so, and was so wet! — got back to the cottage in 10 minutes, and off home
again at 6 35/60 [illegible]— in spite of jolting trotted the whole way, and came in at 7 10/60 Miss MacLean rather wet
and changed her clothes — stood talking to her — dinner at 7 50/60 — a couple of chickens running about
when we 1st arrived were made into excellent soup, and were themselves very good — fried eggs and bacon,
excellent highland cheese and butter and whiskey toddy — sat talking till 9 1/4 — from then to 12 1/2
(interrupted and sent out of our sitting room by the arrival of a party of 4 ladies and 3 gentlemens obliged to do as they
could) wrote out the whole of yesterday and today — thoroughly rainy day —

June Wednesday 4
12 20/60
Two beds in our room last night but mine very cold and perhaps not quite dry so went to Miss MacLean began immediately
to fidget at last sucked her right breast she resisting but not preventing and not being angry
merely saying it was not fair as I endeavoured to get my hand down to her moustaches ssaid she was
not like other people cold etc. She denied being cold but said it was not right she had scruples
two females ought not she could do all I wished if it was right this led to a little conversation
I professing to respect her scruples etc. etc. and went to sleep about three and a half ~~ awoke at eig
ht took no notice of scruples began again got my hand down she putting it off at last I begged her to
leave me alone to my surprise she said nothing but did so and we lay till after ten and I had my ri
ght middle finger moderately up twice she evidently struggling not to shew she did not dislike
and I persuading her I could not find out whether she liked me or not that she was cold to me etc.
however she lay very quietly with my legs twined round her it was her brother’s friend Colo
nel Hepburn of the guards whom she felt the only inclination she ever did feel to love but they mistoo
k each other she had not seen him of sixteen years and did not care for him now she had never loved
anyone half so well as me ~~ she certainly likes me and now lets me kiss her more freely she looked
a little modest this morning on getting up but we have got over it very well ~~ she does look oldish
in bed in a morning and I don’t want to go any greater lengths with her poor π- [Mariana] what would she say
I begin to agree with her all women are vulnerable ~~ breakfast at 12 1/2 — Had our landlord up —
we meant to have gone by Loch Ard, and Loch Chon down to Inversnaid, and then ferry across
to Tarbet — 15 miles from here to Inversnaid — a cart could not go near, even a horse just now
on account of the wet weather — part of the road over a moss — the horses would be swamped — impossible —
had best go and see Loch Ard, return, and take the advantage of their return chaise (a lady and gentleman just
setting off to Callander), and go to Drummond (10 miles) tonight – agreed — Miss MacLean and I
off in a cart (seat not on springs as yesterday) at 1 20/60 — fine mountain scenery — wood, and rock,
and heather — approach to the lake very pretty much or all of the wood felled a few years since and now
either thriving oak shoots (very green and pretty) or looking too bare — passed the lower and middle Loch Ard (very small) and got to the upper lake,
Loch Ard, at 3 1/4 — drove a little way along the road by the lake side, cut out of the rock — a
perpendicular [illegible] height above us of, according to the Scottish tourist 61/415, 40 or 50 feet — and thus
got a view of the whole lake — the cluster of rocky islets hardly discernible, so near the southern
shore — just just discern a little ruin of the strong hold built on 1 of them by Murdoch
Duke of Albany — rather windy — the lake not smooth enough to try the echo — very pretty
lake, but Colonel Thackeray had so raised our ideas, we were disappointed — about 2 1/2 miles from the
west end of upper Loch Ard is Loch Chon — the road bad — nobody goes to see it — they say, it
is not worth while — not near so pretty as Loch Ard — the morning showery — beginning to rain — so
turned back (vide Scottish tourist 60-61/415) — looking about us 5 minutes — and off home again at 2 25/60 —
at 3 stopped 5 minutes at what the lad called a vinegar mill — a pyroligneous acid mill set up
about 9 years ago — the wood put into the furnaces in lengths of 6 1/2 feet — oak beech, birch —
the former (barked) the best, and beech 2nd best — the wood steam from the furnaces condensed in cold
water and run off into a trough to be twice more distilled, and then sent to Glasgow to be fired
(made fine) — the wood comes out of the furnaces charcoal and is then burnt up with peats — in heating the
furnaces which are in the shape of long hollow cylinders — of course above 6 1/2 feet long to take the wood —
put in split when more than perhaps a couple of inches in diameter — do not make quite so much
of the acid now as at first — Raining more or less all the rest of the way back — got home at 3 1/2 —
sat talking a while then wrote the whole of the above of today which took me till 4 3/4 at which hour soaking rain —
then settled my accounts —

[margin text:] Inn at Aberfoyle to upper Loch Ard 2 1/2 miles and the same back
Aberfoyle to Drummond 10 miles
DateJun 1828
Extent1 page


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