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plenty, particularly in the spots of corn a little way up the hills, from whence, as they always fly downwards, they are easily marked in. There are numbers of snipes in the rushy places below, and the hares are very numerous, but afford little sport, from the proximity of the woods, glens, and hills, to one or other of which they take, immediately on being started. The indigenous plants are chiefly oak, ash, elm,

aspen, Scotch pine, and spruce fir, which are beginning to

sow themselves; birch, which is the prevailing wood, rowan, geen, fallow, alder, birdcherry, hazle, black and white thorn,

of the last of which, in particular, there are some very beauti

ful and venerable bushes, elder, brier, juniper, bramble, rasp,

honeysuckle, ivy, common and evergreen bilberry, cranberry,

crowberry, the carduus helenioides, and on the top of the

Carlop's Hill, which is the only one of the Pentland range

on which it is to be met with, the cloudberry. The animals

are, foxes, hares, a few rabbits, crimines, weasels, moles, rats,

common and shrew mice, adders, scaly lizards, the common

lizard, toads, frogs, &c. and bats are seen fluttering giddily

about in the evenings. At times are seen gulls from the

Frith, also, overhead, wild swans and geese, and a variety of

the white dunghill fowl, with large crest and comb, has ap

peared with 11 toes. On the lake is the wallard, teal, co

lymbus auritus, one of the dobchicks. On the streams, the

heron, water rail, water ouzel. sandpiper, and wagtails. On the marshes, the snipe, the woodcock in winter, the reed spar

row, the marsh titmouse. On the rocks, the ring ouzel,

which has a few shrill plaintive notes, and very much the ap

pearance and manner of a blackbird, and the stonechatter.

On the moors are grouse ; one of these being almost shot to

pieces, its stomach was cntirely filled with white moths, very

common among long heath, curlews, lapwings, and grey plovers. On the fields, the hen harrier, partridges, land rails, - sky

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skylarks, corn buntings, snow buntings, field fires, mountain finches, and the goatsucker, or night swallow. In the hedges, cominon and hage sparrows. In the woods the buzzard, sparrow hawk, jay, magpie, crow, ring-dove, of which there are great numbers, cuckoo; a young cuckoo was seen at the head of Monk's Burn, flying after a titlark, from which it got the signals when to keep out of danger; by following his guardian and guide; it was also frequently observed feeding him, when the little nurse, to get at his mouth, generally leapt on his back, and made him turn round his head, which was as big as the other's whole body. The crossbill, attracted by the cones of the spruce, the plates of which, to get at the seed, are found in numbers solded back with great dexterity; the bullfinch, stirling, thrush, blackbird, redbreast, linnet, all the finches, and titmice, including the biue and the long tailed one, also a very finall and beautiful bird, the creeper, like a little mouse running up the trees for infects ; the yellow, common and golden crested wrens; the swallows about the house, in summer, and in the woods, at nights, the owl, horned and smooth. In 1784, a hoopoe was shot by a gentleman, in coming here from the Whim, in the Parish of Newlands, a little to the south,

To the above Appendix the following observations are requested to be added: After the word descrilo, page 618, line 3, add, The wawking of the faulds, gives the tune to the very first song which opens the play under confideration, and was naturally pitched upon, where such an occurrence is also often and so strikingly exhibited,—p. 601, l. 5, for freight read

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Relative to the Account of the Parish of Latheron, in Caithnes,

page 24.

On the celebrated estate of Langwell is the Forest, or

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OR D of Caithness, of which there is the following account in M'Farlane's Geographical Colle&tions M. S. in the Advocate’s Library.

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HE hill of the Ord is that which divides Sutherland and Caithness. The march is a small rivulet, called The Burn of the Ord of Caithnes, which takes its rise from some springs near the top of the hill. The south fide of the hill is very steep, sloping all along to the top of a rock, which is many fathoms high. Cross the south side of this hill is the common passage to and from this country. The road hath not been so very dangerous, as at first view it would appear to the traveller; for the whole face of the hill, to the top of the rock, has been covered with long heath ; so that, though a person's foot might slip, he was not in great danger; but whether, through moor-burning, or some other accident, it hath happened some few years ago, that the heath was all burnt, and now it looks more

* frightful than formerly; but the road, by the pains of SIR

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