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in general a poor appearance, excepting the pasture and woodlands in the different straths.

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Mineral Springs, Rivers, Lakes, &c.—There are many springs in the parish slightly impregnated with iron, though none of any great importance.—There are three small rivers, Dunbeath, Langwall, and Berrindale. The two last join within 100 yards of the sea. In these rivers are caught salmon and trouts.-There are two small lakes, Ranga and Stempster, where trouts and eels are found. In the fide of the former, there are the ruins of a small fortification, and contiguous to the latter, the remains of a Druidical temple, and the arch-druid's house.

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cod and herring fisheries. There are from 40 to 50 boats of different fizes in the parish.

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Population.—As the records have not been regularly kept, the antient state of the population cannot be precisely ascertained. This much, however, is pretty certain, that there are nearly double the number of inhabitants now, that there were about 70 years ago, when Mr Andrew Sutherland, the then incumbent, obtained an augmentation to his living.

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Population TABLE of THE PAR1sh of LATHERoN.

Number of males in 1791 - - 1742
—— Females - - 2264
Total number of Souls - - 4ood

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Increase 33 I Number of families - - - 796 Average of baptisms - - - I O I Ditto of marriages * - - - 23 Persons below 10 years of age - - I c.42. between Io and 20 - - 645 - 20 and 50 - - 1744 - 50 and 6o - - 424 aged 6o and upwards - - 151 4ood, Number of resident heritors - - 4 -— non-resident ditto - - 4 Families of Seceders (Antiburghers) - 2O Ditto of Roman Catholics - - I Number of weavers t - - - 2O Shoemakers - - - I5 —— Taylors - - - 16 Wrights - - - 4 Masons - - - - 7 —— Smiths - - - - 6 - Shop-keepers - - - , 4 Number

• The number of deaths cannot be ascertained, as there are 8 different burial places in the parish.

+ Most of the tradesmen have small tacks of land, in the cultivation of which a good deal of their time is taken up.

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Poor—The number of persons commonly on the poor's roll is from 7o to 8o.—The only funds are the Sunday collećtions, and the fines paid by delinquents; the former is very trifling, being scarcely 31, Sterling. The consequence is,

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