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Whether the common people should receive education ? Humanity revolts from the idea. Faëts prove ignorance to be pernicious.
gious principle, to throw in their mite, if they saw a proportional contribution from the whole heritors.
Charaćier and Mode of Living.—The people in general are satisfied with their condition, and are industrious. It is not remembered that an inhabitant of this parish has been punished by the civil magistrate for any crime. All of them can at least read the Bible; and the greatest part of the young men, whose parents could afford but little for their education, attend the schoolmaster in the winter evenings; who, for a small confideration, teaches them writing, and the common rules of arithmetic, by which means they acquire good habits, and become useful as farm and family servants.—The mode of living has become more expensive than formerly among the farmers.-The lowest class of people confine their taste and expence to their dress; and in this respe&t they are not behind others in the neighbouring distrićts. In consequence of this rage for finery, though much more harmless, in every view, than tea and dram drinking, (which pervade almost every town and great village), the common people, in the country through Scotland, will be found at present to be living almost as poorly as they did 50 years ago, when their income was one half less; for it is by no means to be placed to the account, (as some seditious spirits have of late shamelessly attempted to persuade us), of the burden of government taxes, which, it is well known to every person, duly informed about the matter, amount not to more annually than 2 s. 8d. on the necessary articles of consumption, in the family of a farm servant, confisting of 6 persons.
(PREs BYTERY of DUNBLANE.-SYNon AND Counties of PERTH AND STIR LING...)
Drawn up by the Rev. Doāor JAMEs Robertson, Minister of Callander, from Material furnished by the Rev. Mr John KINRoss, Minister of Lecropt.
Etymology of the Name.
ECROPT is derived from two Gaelic words, which figL nify one half firm or dry land, alluding to the natural division of the parish into high and low, dry and wet soil. One half is upland or elevated ground, the other is a dead flat of clay land, which must have been one continued morass, when the sea retired from the extensive valley, in which the Forth now winds its way to the ocean.
Situation, Form, Rivers, Extent, Surface, &c.—About two thirds of this parish are situated within the county of Perth, and one third in the county of Stirling. Its latitude is 56°. 11’. N. and its longitude 47'. W. of Edinburgh.-Its form is not far removed from an equilateral triangle.—The river Teath bounds it on the S. W. where it meets the Forth and the Allan on the E. The southern point is where the Allan
falls into the united streams of the other two. From E. to W.
Prospeã.—From the bank up Lecropt, there is one of the finest prospects in this part of the island, which has been always admired by every person of taste. The Forth, the Teath, and the Allan unite their streams, and form the largest river in North Britain, in the champaign country, on the southern borders of the parish. Their waving banks being clad with the richest crops, the snug steadings of farms, the hedges neatly trimmed, the lofty trees, through which the smoke ascends from the dwellings, and the busy hand of man, engaged in the various operations of agriculture, beautify and enrich the scene.—On the opposite fide of this fertile valley, the Castle of Stirling rears its head in rude magnificence, on the summit of a rock, and leads the mind to review the history of years that are past, when it was the residence of the antient kings of Scotland. The huge rock of Craigforth on the one fide of the Castle, and the Abbey Craig on the other, form, with the Castle itself, three vast and detached piles, about the distance of a mile from each other ; and, like the pyramids of