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Queries concerning the north of Scotland, c1770

Identifier: Coll-205/4/1 (Dc.2.36)

Scope and Contents

An extended essay, with annotations in a different hand, on the improvement of northern Scotland, hampered presently for want of sufficient information. Discussions centre on the following: the need for a proper census, with special respect to military resources, inclinations to particular industries (and the price of labour), emigration, and increase; arable land; manures; cattle; woods; fossils, meaning minerals and coal; mines; fisheries, especially concerning river salmon, and cod and herring, and whether private fleets are well advised; wool; linen; a lesser miscellany, including production of kelp products and barrel staves. Finally, a natural history should be the grand object of attention. (Approximately 169 handwritten pages).

Authorship not known with certainty. At least two people.


  • Creation: c1770


Language of Materials

English Latin

Physical Description

1 bound volume


From the Fonds: 1 metre approx

Physical Description

1 bound volume

Archivist's Note

Duncan Fisher 18 March 2002

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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