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Anstruther, Or Illustrations Of Scottish Burgh Life George Gourlay

Anstruther, Or Illustrations Of Scottish Burgh Life

George Gourlay

Published January 15th 2012
ISBN : 9780217173599
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166 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... of Burns seemed to kindle on the wall, andMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... of Burns seemed to kindle on the wall, and start into the scene, with its fiery and commanding flash. So richly were the roof and sides covered with flower and foliage, that the chamber was like one of those shady recesses of Tempe, into which the Muses were wont to retire to converse with Cupid and the Graces. We ventured, says Captain Gray, to present to the world the thin octavo, Bouts-Rimees- or Poetical Pastimes of a few Hobblers round the Base of Parnassus. The Society (he goes on to tell) continued to flourish and hold its regular annual and occasional sittings in the classical burgh of East Anstruther till 1817, when its joyous celebrations were suspended in consequence of the separation and the dispersion into lifes tumultuous and unpoetical business of its leading founders. the sea box. Perhaps the most interesting and beautiful memories of the old port are those that encircle the siller caup--i.e., the collection box for the widow and the orphans of the poor sailor who had suffered at sea. It was kept in the parlour of the oldest skipper or commodore, and the crew of the oversea brig, from the cabin boy to the captain, was expected to give, if only as a thank-offering to Heaven. The appeal was not in vain when the wine ships lay like a forest at the pier- but when the tide began to turn, the old sea heroes saw it was expedient to resolve in 1816 on a voluntary assessment of eightpence in the pound on the wages of master and man. The accumulation so increased that the Sea Box was resorted to like a bank at every crisis. 4th September, 1644--The which day the syds Ballies and Counsell and skippars being conveinit anent ane letter sent to them from yr neighbours lying in the armie, for ane hundrethe dolors to pey their enterteinment yr, and fi...