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in procuring this necessary article of life. However, the advantages resulting from the excellent roads, that are nearly finished, will soon be felt by the country at large. Some attempts have been made in this country to discover coal, but they have all been abandoned without hope of succeeding. Indeed, from the constant appearances in the most favourable situations, there is reason to conclude, that, if coals are to be found, they must lie at a very great depth. Without adding to what has been said of the praćticability of a canal, in the Statistical Account of Meigle ", it may just be observed, that, by leading a canal round the Linn of Campsey, and narrowing the Tay in some places, that river might be inade navigable a great way up. by means of horses, and boats constructed on purpose, at a finall expence.
+ On the center of this camp, MAlcolm IV. sounded an A B bey for Cistertan Monks, A. D. 1 1 01, and endowed it with large revenues. This house was founded by advice of the Abbot of Melross, who was of the same order; and it is said the Monks were long remarkable for their piety and exemplary lives. From the pavement, and bases of pillars, and subterraneous passages that have been discovered, this Abbey appears to have been a house of considerable magnitude. Next to the Scottish Kings, the Hays of Erkol were the principal benefačtors to the Abbey of Coupar. The latter granted it the lands of Lidderpole, several acres of arable land on the banks of the Tay, and liberty of fishing on that river. The Monks were allowed free passage with their cattle over all the lands belonging to the house of Errol. Gilbert HAY, Constable of Scotland, granted them the patronage of the Church of Errol, and Chapel of Inchmartin, with all their pertinents and rights. In return for these immunities, the house of Errol claimed the privilege
NAld CAM proll of the family of Argyll. At the Reformation, this man is said to have divided, among 5 natural sons, all of the parish that belonged to the Abbey, viz. Balgeirsho, Kethock, Denhead, Cronan, and Arthurstone. Some time before the Reformation, this house began to fall into decay; and, at last, a number of furious reformers from Perth completed its ruin.
(Cou NTY of For FAR–SYNo D of ANG Us AND MEARNs. —PREs BYTERY of MEIGLE.)
By Mr John Ritchie, Student in Divinity at Markinch.
Extent, Situation, and Roads.
HE length of the parish of KETTINs, from E. to W. is 4 miles; the breadth, from S. to N. is 3. The village of Kettins is distant from Perth about 12 miles E. by N. and about 14 N. W. from Dundee. The church is I mile S. E. of Coupar. The turnpike road, from the latter to Dundee, passes through the parish. It is not yet finished. A road extends to Perth along the foot of the Sidla hills, but is not frequented.
Gentlement Seats, Surface, &c.—Lintrose, the seat of MUNGo MURRAY, Esq; was formerly called Todderance, and belonged to HALIBUR Ton, Esq; whose grand-father, Lord To DDER ANce, was a Senator of the College of Justice, and a nephew of the house of Pitcur. Lintrose is a mile westward of the church, and is environed by fertile fields and thriving plantations. Haliburton House, a modern manfion, upwards of half a mile S. E. of Kettins, formerly the ordinary residence of the family of that name, is now the
Soil.—The soil is various. A great part of the low parish, the higher grounds chiefly, and the hill ground, have a light thin soil, and are partly covered with heath and pasture. In many places a strong red clay or mortar prevails, and in fome it is wet and spungy. The greater part of the parish, however, is tolerably fertile. Much of this distrićt is let to fmall tenants, who, besides farming, follow some trades, chiefly that of weaving coarse linen.
Agriculture, Produce, Cattle, &c.—The same manner of - cropping
* The family of Haliburton were very ačive in bringing about the Reformation of the Church of Scotland, and in the last century had an extensive property in this country. The Castle of Pitcur, a mile south of the church, and now in ruins, gave title to the ancient and honourable family of HAli busTon, the chief of that name.