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THE

SCOTS MAGAZINE, ,

AND

Edinburgh Literary Miscellany,

FOR DECEMBER 1813.

With a View of BLACKNESS CASTLE.

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CONTENTS:
Page

Page Register of the Weather for December .. 881 Memoirs of the Progress of Manufac. High Water at Leith for January 1814, ib. tures, Chemistry, Science, and the Description of Blackness Castle,......... 883

fine Artsy...........

934 Account of Zerah Colburn, the wohder.

POETRY. ful Arithmetician,........

884

Orange Boven-Hurra! Hurra!...... 935 Monthly Memoranda in Natural His.

The Boatswain's Epitaph,

936 tory,............

886 Scottish literary Notices, .................. ib.

PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT. Commercial Intelligence .......

House of Lords,

937 -Formula of the Bills of Credit between

House of Commons........................ ib. his Britannic Majesty, his Prussian

-Militia volunteering Bill............... 938 Majesty, and the Emperor of all the

-The New Loan, Public Treaties,... 939 Russias, .....

ib.
-Local Militia Bill.........

940 Description of the Castle of the Seven

HISTORICAL AFFAIRS. Tozeers, or Turkish State Prisons,... 889 AMERICAN WAR,......................... 941 -The Bagnio, .....

861 South America.............................. 943 Present State of the English Catholics, 894

West Indies. France.................... 944 Report by William Rue, Esq. Sheriff- The Northern War.....

945 depute of the County of Edinburgh, -Disastrous Retreat of the French to the Commissioners for erecting a

from Leipsic,.......

ib. New Jail, &c. in the City of Edin- Holland. - Proclamation of William burgh,...........

896 Frederic, Pance of Orange and Nas. Observations on the Reply to A. B.'s

sau, .........

947 Defence of the Situation of the New

Spain,

950 Police Office, Edinburgh,

900

SCOTTISH CHRONICLE. Description of the Mainotti, or Pirates

Iligh Court of Justiciary,--Trial of of the Morca,..........

**;......

908

Christian Sinclair for Child Murder... 953 -Grecian Women

908
Horrid Murder...

............ 954 Anecdotes and Characters, from the

St Andrew's Day,- Office Bearers of Correspondence of Grimn, ............ 911

the Grand Lodge of Scotland ........... ib. The Pretender,--Raynal............... ib.

Royal Society,-Speculative Society, -Count Cagliostro,.........

912

Royal College of Physicians.......... .255 Contemplation of the Fabric of the Uni

Royal Medical Society,—Royal Physi. verse. From the Spanish of Peijoo, 913

cal Society,-Wernerian Nat. Hist. Narrative of a Visit to Nukahiiva,

Society, Edinburgh Subscription one of the Washington Islandsg....... 914

Library,Dean of Guild Court,
SCOTTISH REVIEW.

Edinburgh Lancastrian School SoMad. Stael's Germany,........

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956 Appointments,-Births,-Marriages.. 958 "Deaths,

959 New Works published in Edinburgh... 932 Stocks and Markets ........................ 960 Literary Intelligence..............

ib. Index for 1813,........... ........................... 961

STATE

......... 923

STATE OF THE BAROMETER, &c.

From Nov. 26th to Dec. 25th 1813,

in the vicinity of Edinburgh.

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Dec. 1 29.9 26

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High Water at Leith for

January 1814. Days.

Morn. | Eten.

H. M. H. M. Sa. 1 9 34 10

9 Su. 210 45 11 19 M. S11 5312 23 Tu. 4 12 54 W.

5 1 24 1 49 Th. 6 2 15 2 40 Fr. 7 3 5 3 28

8 3 50 4 11 Su. 9 4 33 4 53 M. 10 5

5 34 Tu. Il 5 55 6 14 W. 12 6 38 6 59 Th. 13 7 29 7 49 Fr. 14 8 17 8 47 Sa. 15 9 2310

1 Su. 1610 36 11 9 M. 1711

41 12 9 Tu. 1812 34 12 55

1 17 Th. 20 1 95 156 Fr. 31 2 14 2 92 Sa. 22 2 49 3 8 Su. 23 3 24 M. 24 4 0 4 18 Tu. 25 4 38 4 58 W. 26 5 17 5 SS Th. 27

5 58 6 20 Fr. 28 6 45 7 13 Sa. 29 7 43 8 16 Su. 30 8 541 935 M. 31 10 17 10 58

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27 30,2 33 40
28 30.12 33 38
29 | 30.1 35 39
30 29.95 82 S5

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2 29.75 35 38
3 29.1 39 41 0.23 Rain
4 29.84 40 0.25
5 29.8

40 41 0.41
6 30.21 43 43 0.02 Shower
7 30.2 42 44 0.1 Rain
8 30.2 40 43 0.18

9 30.21 39 410.15 10 30.4

Cloudy 11 (30.37 35 35 12 30.21 | 35 37 13 30. 32

Clear 14 30.

35 41 15 29.9 33 42 16 29.61 32

33 17 29.49| 40 18 29.31 43 50 0.01 Showers 1929.91 42

47

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20 29.6
21 29.61 35 44 0.11 Rain
22 29.45 42

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MOON'S PHASES

For JANUARY IS14 Apparent time at Edinburgh

D. H. M. Full Moon 6. 7 1 more. Last Quart. 13. 8 59 morn New Moon 21. 2 12 after. First Qrart. 29. 222 morn

Quantity of Rain,.............1.63

January 7. Princess Charlotte of Wales born (1796.

18. Queen's birth-day kept.
27. Duke of Sussex born (1773.)

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THE

Scots Magazine,

AND

EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,

For DECEMBER 1813.

66 There were,'

Description of BLACKNESS CASTLE.

The Nobles, irritated by the igno.

ble conduct of James, took up arms. BLACKNESS CASTLE

is situated in the course of military operations, on a projecting point on the they met his troops near Blackness, southern coast of the Firth of Forth, and a skirmish ensued, which termiin the parish of Carriden, and county nating to the disadvantage of the of Liviithgow. It is a fortress of great antiquity, the first erection of king, he concluded with them the which is involved in obscarity. The pacification of Blackness *, which,

however, did not produce any lasting town and port of Blackness were anciently of great distinction, and

harmony. formed the principal emporium of this Somerset into Scotland under the

During the victorious expedition of part of Scotland. says Sir Robert Sibbald, “ many rich reigo of Edward. ill. of England, men masters of ships lying there ; and attack. The result is stated by Pat

Blackness was one of the objects of she cities of Glasgow, Stirling, and attack. The result is stated by PatLinlithgow, had a great trade from ten, in his narrative of this expedi

tion. thence with Holland, Bremen, Hamburgh, Queensburgh, and Dantzick, miral of this filete, taking with him

“My Lord Clynton, hye Adand furnished all the West country ihe galley (whearof one Broke is with goods they imported from these places, and were loaded outwards

Captain) and iii or v of our smaller evith the product of our own country* vessels besides, all well appointed

with municion and men, rowed up The attack of the port of Blackness was a principal object with the Enig- the frith a ten myle vyestward, to a lish in their expeditions into the Firth Shore called Blacknestes, whereat, to

south of Forth. In 1481, under the reign wardes the water syde is a castel of a of James III. they burnt the town with a store ship which was lying in pretty strength. As nye whear unthe harbour

to 'as the depth of the water thear woold suffer, the Skots, for savegard,

had Sibbald's Linlithgow, p. 17. + Lesley de origine, kr. Scotorum, p.

Chalmers's Caledonia, III 854.

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