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Abbey, with that part of the town which lies on the south of this rivulet, falls within the county of Forfar. The rest of the town and parish are in the county of Perth. The streets are paved, and have lately been provided with lamps. The town has received considerable ornament, as well as advantage, from the excellent turnpike roads that have just been finished. The Perth road, from the west, falls upon the cross in a direct line of about a mile; with this the Dundee road, from the south, torms a right angle; and, when the latter is carried directly through the town, to the east, as is in contein plation, and the ground on each side feued for building, the beauty will be nearly completed. Several good houses have lately been built here. The steeple was built in 1762, on the spot where the prison of the court of regality stood. The view from the Beach Hill, northward of the town, is fingularly delightful. The eye contemplates the meanders of the river Isla, in its course through a fertile and extensive plain; and, on the other fide, a champaign open country, variegated with thriving villages and fruitful fields. There is a weekly market on Thursday, and fairs in April, May, July, and December. Coupar is supposed to have tripled the number of its inhabitants within the iast half century. This increase is chiefly owing to the encouragement given to the manufacturing of linen in this part of the country, and partly to the monopolising of farms, by which small tenants and trades people have been obliged to remove to manufacturing towns.
Willages, Mills, &c.—Next to Coupar, the greatest villages are Balbrogie, Wellton, and Cadam ; and the number of families in the largest of these does not exceed 35. There is scarcely
There is no bridge between that and Perth on the one fide, nor between it and the bridge of Deane on the other.
ly a garden in the parish that deserves the name; culinary produćtions being more regarded than ornament or elegance. There are 2 rivulets and 5 mills; 1 in Coupar, 3 in Kethock, and 1 in Balgirsho.
Population.—The population of this parish has increased confiderably within these 40 years, as will appear from the
following Table: Pop U LA
* The introdućtion of the linen manufaşture, into this parish and neighbourhood, was principally owing to George Young, late a merchant in this town, a man of an uncommon capacity for business and improvements. This man found means, by petitioning the Board of Trustees for the Forfeited Estates of Scotland, to procure a survey, and estimate of expence, for a CANAl between PekTH and For FAR by this place. The plan was formed on a scale too expensive for the state of the country at that time, and was consequently dropt.
PopULATION TABLE of THE PARISH of CoupAR.
Population in 1793 - - - - - 2076 Ditto in 1755 - - - - I491 Increase - 585 Annual average of births - - - - 6o Ditto of marriages - - - - 1 5 Ditto of burials - - - - - 4 I
Males. Females. Total. Number of souls under Io years old 182 2 I4 396
between 1 o and 20 - 192 179 37 I —— 20 and 30 - 2 I 2 216 428 —— 30 and 40 - 162 2O i 363 —— 4o and 5o - I 18 I 13 23 I —— 5o and 6o - 66 87 I 53 — 6o and 7o - 54 55 Io9 —— 7o and 8o - 7 14 2 I - 8o and 9o - 6 3 9 999 1082 2081
— in the town of Coupar 753 851 1604 — in the country - 246 231 477 — unmarried persons - 57 7o 127 — widowers and widows - 4O 67 107 — dissenters - - 213 268 481 — servants * - - 94 126 22O journeymen and apprentices - - 58 Number
* A man servant’s yearly wages are from 9 I. to 1 1 1. ; a woman servant's from 3 1. to 41. ; 1 pound (22 oz.) butter, 9.d. Beef sells at from 3 d. to 4 d. per pound ; a good hen from 1 s. to 1 s. 6d. A mason's wages are i s. 6d. per day; a taylor’s 1od. ; a man's hire for the harvest I l. los. ; a woman's ditto 1 l.; a labourer’s wages per day, with vićtuals, 1 s. In general, the price of every thing is raised one third within these last 4o years.
Number of families in Coupar - - - 52O
Stocking-makers - 2 Public-house-keepers 45
Rent, Heritors, Church, Poor, &c.—The valued rent of the parish is 6669 l. 14s. 4d. Scotch. The number of heritors is 35. The chief proprietor is the EARL of Mu RRAY. The Crown is patron. The stipend is 5oo merks Scotch, and 6 chalders of vićtual, with an allowance for the communion elements. The glebe is inconfiderable. The manse was built anew in 1781. The church was repaired in 1780.-There are at present 24 persons on the poors list, who are supported ed by the colle&tions at the church doors. The colle&ions, at a medium, including mort-cloth fees, and dues for marriages, amount to about 561. per annum. The poor's money is distributed to them monthly, and they are allowed from 2 s. to 5 s. at a time. There is an Antiburgher and a Relief meeting-house in Coupar. The latter was built in 1792. They are both well filled, but chiefly from the neighbouring parishes.