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have been made to find coal, of which, in the opinion of good judges, there are the most flattering appearances, tho’ hitherto without success. The price of labour, of all kinds, is of late advanced more than a third. In many instances, it is doubled. In the year 1787 the wages of an ordinary man servant were from 41. to 61. a-year. In 1794 they are from 8 l. to 10 l. A day labourer, in 1787, could have been hired for 7 d. or 8 d. per day; but in 1794 they require I s. or 1 s. 6d. or 1 s. 8d. From the vicinity of Glasgow, and the easy access to it, the price of provisions is now, in a great measure, regulated by the Glasgow market. There is no public house in the parish, excepting in the village, where there are a tolerably good inn, and two respectable public houses. There are, besides, a great many low public houses, which deal only in whisky, and which are produćtive of the worst effects, both to the health and morals of the people.
Population.—The number of families in this parish is 152; of souls 62o, which is nearly 4 to each family. The incumbent took an accurate list of the inhabitants about the year " 1790, which may be relied on. The population in 1755 amounted to 642, consequently there is a decrease of 22.
The following is an abstraćt of Births, Burials, and Marriages, for 7 years, from O&tober 1. 1783, being the time when the aët commenced, granting to his Majesty a duty of 3 d. on each of these articles, which has fince been
Rem, 43, the total increase in 7 years; which, on an average, is only one more than 6 to a year.
Proprietors, &c.—Sir John Anstruther is patron of the church, and sole proprictor of the parish, one fingle farm excepted,
Lake-There is a beautiful lake, called Kilconquhar Loch, bounded by that parish and Ely. In it there are plenty of pikes and eels. The fishing, however, is of no great value, ... and will naturally be more fully described in the Statistical Account of Kilconquhar.
who get charity occasionally, as their wants require. The funds for their support amount to about 50 l. per annum.
Fuel—Coal is the only fuel used here. There is an excellent coalwork, belonging to Sir John Anstruther, 3 miles from
Wages.—Men servants wages, befides maintenance, were from 5 1. to 61. per annum, and women from 1 1. to 21. the half year. Day labourers got so d. and I s. per day, and carpenters 2 s. and 2 s. 6d. Now, (anno 1795,) men servants are 7 l. and 8 l. yearly. Women 30 s. and 2 l. and no labourers are to be found under I s.