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BRAID HILLS

The north part of the Leny hills on the times the fragments are shapeless, bit Queensferry road, and most of the op- they are alfo found feparated in layers polite coast of Fife, are composed of a about three quarters of an inch thick, fimilar stone. It has a quantity of cal. and bended as if they had been softencareous matter in its compofition, which ed by heat. Nodules appear, too, very is probably the cause of its crumbling generally in the rock, about the fize of down. In many of the fragments, fine peas, which are of the same compound specimens of zeolite are also seen. On as the rock itself. This fingular"fone the fouth end of the hill, fine quarries contains such a proportion of the two of free-stone have been wrought for ingredients which compose china and many years. There is a mixed kind of earthen ware, viz. clay and fand, as to ftone here, which is somewhat fingular; it be capable of being manufactured into feems to be a compound of fistus and that sort of ware without any addition. fand-stone; it is very hard, and rises divi The fountains from whence water is ded into thin slabs or layers. This stone is conducted, in call-iron and wooden of a very dark colour, and contains also pipes to supply the city, rise near the a quantity of mica, in small shining par- foot of this hill. ticles. What is remarkable, both sides of the slab are very rough, and regularly Are next to the Pentland. The honeycombed, the prominencies of the highelt is 690 feet above the sea. Tho' one corresponding to the deprcffions of the petonse rock runs through them, and the flab that adhered to it. This stone is appears now and then in different parts, fo hard, that if pulverised, and proper- yet there are several other compound ly prepared, it would certainly answer rocks here, but none very remarkable. many of the purposes of emery. In fome places, to the south-east, we TENTLAND HILL, BRAID & BLACKFORD find the petro-silex. At the fouth cor

ner, fpecimens of terra ponderofa have : Braid and Blackford hills are situat- been found, and of zeolite, both in coned about two miles south of Edinburgh. fiderable masses. Specimens of black From the materials which compofe lead have been found on these hills too, them, they may be considered as a con. in detached masses. There are some tinuation of the Pentland hills. The veins of agate discovered in the rocks, highest of the Pentlands is Loganhouse but too thin to be of use. hill, being 1700 feet above the sea. The east end is somewhat abrupt; on These lye nearer Edinburgh, and are the north part of the summit, the naked separated from Braid hills by a small face of the rock appears of a pretty live stream called Braid's burn. They rise ly white, when seen at a distance. Its to a more conical top than Braid hills ; height is 1450 feet above the sea. This the summit i3 550 feet above the stone has got the name of Petunfe Pent- sea. The materials

so far as we landica, from its resemblance to the ma- know, much similar to those of Braid terials which are employed in China for hills, above described. But there is the manufacture of their porcelain. As found, on the south side of this hill, it is the only example of this compound a greenish earth, intermixed with sparNone in the island, or so far as we know ry matter, which would indicate the in Europe, a short description of it will presence of copper. There is no timber not be considered as superfluous. This upon any of these hills, which gives rock is composed of filiceous and ar- them a very naked appearance. The gillaceous earth; fome specimens are corner of that part of Pentland hill we pure white, others have a flesh colour, have noticed, is covered with a very and others, again, are cream coloured, thick moss, and coarse benty grass, which with small spots of a bright red; fome. makes but indifferent paftur.. Black

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ford and Braid hills are much over- right columns, but form a very obtufe grown with whins. Between these hills angle. The summit of the hill is 540 there is an opening, which has been im- feet above the level of the sea. proved to great advantage, and where Around Edinburgh are several seats a very snug house stood, which, from of considerable consequence, the moft its fituation, was called the Hermitage elegant, however, is Duddingston, the of Braid. The present proprietor, residence of the Marquis of Abercorn. Charles Gordon, Elq; has built a most The house is modern, and the pleasure commodious house on this spot, after the grounds are laid out to great advantage. Gothic stile, which affords a very 2

The beautiful sheet of water lying a greeable summer retreat.

mile to the north-east of the city, called CRAIGMILLAR.

Lochend, has not been decorated, the This is but a small riớng ground, it is capable of much ornament. This though, owing to the gradual ascent loch, with the romantic rock and buildfrom the sea, its height is 360 feet a. ing to the east of it, adds much to the, bore that level; on its top stands the picturesque scenery of that quarter. ancient castle of the same name, a fa Adjoining to the capital on the west vourite residence of Queen Mary. It and north lies makes a most generable appearance, and Sr CUTHBERT's, OR WEST CHURCH the view from the windows is highly parish, which comprehends a great part: delightful.

of the suburbs of Edinburgh. It is by The rock composing this eminence far the most populous in Scotland, conis chiefly free-stone : but to the south- taining 32,947 inhabitants. This pawest of the castle there is a stratum of rish contains about 9000 acres, the rent indurated clay, forming a sort of shistus, of which may be eltimated at L. 22,500 which contains a good deal of copper, Sterling. There are several excellent not in reins but intermixed in an irre- free-stone quarries which supply the cigular manner through the stone. ty and contribute to its elegance. The

6 columns in front of the New College, This hill rises from the west side of measuring each 23 feet, by 3, the largest the Linton road, about two miles south. perhaps of one entire stone in the land, weit of Edinburgh. It is beautifully were presented by the proprietor of wooded, and fornis a romantic fitua. Craigleith quarry. There are also ex-'. tion for the country residence of Baron cellent quarries of whinstone working Gordon, the proprietor. This small at Bellsmills for pavement. Next to range is covered with fine foil. It di. this, is the parish of sides by a hollow near the middle. CRAMOND, part of which lies in the Where the rock appears to the north- county of Linlithgow. It is wahid by well, it exhibits basaltic columns much the Frith of Forth on the north, and fimilar to those of Arthur's feat, but rises gradually from the fca, the grounds Father more regular and determined in being varied by beautiful and gentle their Ihape, forining a sort of femicircle. swells. The river Amond is the bou3On the south-east, another set of ba- dary on the west, the banks of which falric pillars appear ftill more distinct are beaut?fully ornamented with wood. zban the former, and of considerably There is an iron-work carried on in fui-ller diameter. They are not in up this parish to a considerable extènt, and

faid to employ a capital of about The fieights we have given are from L. 30,000 Sterling. Steel, rod iron, Lire made out by Mr Laurie and another nais, hoops, spades, bolts for thips, nuleman, both from actual survey. In these 25.cs, the hills now mentioned differ condi- and such articles, are made here. This erabiy.

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which may be reckoned about L. 6700 France, the finances and the people of Sterling. Its population is 11 12 souls. which kingdom were in a misefable state, There is little doubt but coal may be he obtained some countenance, and was found in this quarter ; all the accom- permitted to erect a bank : the effects of panying metals are discovered croping which, on the industry and trade of the upon the coast. Considerable quanti- nation, were so beneficial, that, as had ties of iron stone are collected on the been first proposed, it was resolved to shore and carried to the Carron works. take it into the king's hands. Though, Granite, of various kinds, and free- by these means, it received considerable stone, are in abundance. On the lands detriment, it continued useful, and Mr of Marchfield is a mineral spring, which Law began to develope the great prois said to have purgative qualities. In ject on which he had long meditated, this parish lye the lands of Craigcrook, known by the name of the Milifupi mortifyed in 1720 by John Strachan, System* ; which in some meafure turned of Craigcrook. The rents, about L. 300 the heads of the French people, but per annum, are ordered to be employed which, bis biographer thinks,' had it in the support of poor old men, women, been carried into full execution, would and orphans. Several very eminent men in all probability have exalted France have been connected with this parish, to a vart superiority of power and wealth either by birth or property.

over every other state. It n:ust be menOf these may be mentioned, John Law tioned to his honour, that he voluntarily of Lauriston, who seems to have astonish- gave up the whole perquisites as well as ed all Europe, by his projects, his fuc- salary annexed to his office, was remark cess, and his ruin. He was born at ed for plainness and fimplicity of dress, Lauriston in this parish, upon the 21st and for order and strict propriety in the April 1671. He appears to have been mavagement of his household. Mr Law a man of education, of wit, of engag. concluded the chequered course of his ing manners, and of ability : his cal- life at Venice, in the year 1729, and culating genius is said to have aslifted the 58th of his age, dying in a state him in gaming, and his gallantries pro- but little removed from indigence. duced some difficulties which obliged John Elphinstone, second Lord Balhim to leave his country : but about the merino, pored for his spirited oppofiyear 1700 he returned, and then pul- tion to the tyrannical proceedings of blished “ Reasons for constituting a Charles I. and being one of the best council for trade,” and “ A proposal friends, that the covenanters ever had; for supplying the nation with money;" Sir Thomas Hope, of Grantoun, an both relative to Scotland. His propo- able Scotish lawyer; George M.Kenzie, fitions gained the attention of parliament, first Earl of Cromarty, a voluminous as well as of the court, and of the most author; and George Cleghorn, an emiconsiderable people in the country :- nent physician in Dublin, are also among but his scheme, though said to be fixed the eminent - men belonging to this on found and incoptrovertible principles, parish.

was reječted ; and justly so, if the ap- prehension be well founded that, had it * A trading company was erected under taken effect, all the estates in the king- the title of the Western or Midteppi Company. dom would thereby thave been brought the French colonies in North America

Its object was the planting and culture of

The to a complete dependance on govern- King gave to this company all the lands of ment.--Disappointed as to his plans, he Louifiona ; and the country was represented abandoned his native country.

To as a Peru, more fertile in gold than that of other ministers and princes he proposed the Spaniards, his arrangements ; and at length in

(To be continued.)

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OBSERVATIONS ON THE GRAFTING OF TREES.
IN A LETTER FROM T. A. KNIGHT, ESQ. TO SIR J. BANKS, BART. P. R. S.
SIR,

apple-trees which grew from cuttings,
I am encouraged to address the fol. and others from the feed of each kind
lowing letter to you, by the opinion of fruit afterward inserted on them; I
you were last year pleased to express of was surpriled to find that many of these
part of my experiments and observa- locks inherited all the diseases of the
tions, on the diseases and decay of those parent trees.
varieties of the apple and pear which The wood appearing perfect and
have been long in cultivation. The healthy in many of my last grafted
discafe from whose ravages they suffer trees, I Aattered myself that I had suce
molt is the canker, the effects of which ceeded'; but my old enemies, the moss
are generally first seen in the winter, or and carker, in three years convinced
when the fap is first rising in the spring. me of my nistake. Some of them,
The bark becomes discoloured in spots, however, trained to a south wall, es-
under which the wood, in the annual caped all their diseases, and seemed
fhoors, is dead to the centre, and in (like invalids) to enjoy the benefit of
the older branches, to the depth of the a better cliniate. I had before fre-
lait fummer's growth. Previous to quently observed, that all the old fruits
making any experiments, I had con. fuffered least in warm situations, where
versed with several planters, who enter. the soil was pot unfavourable. I tried
tained an opinion, that it was impos- the effects of laying one kind, but the
bble to obtain healthy trees of those va- canker destroyed it at the ground. In-
rieties which flourished in the beginning deed I had no hopes of success from this
and middle of the present century, and method, as I had observed that several
which now form the largest orchards in forts which had always been propagated
this country. The appearance of the from cuttings, were as much diseased
young trees which I had seen, justified as any others. The wood of all the old
the conclufion they had drawn ; but the fruits has long appeared to me por-
Glence of every writer on the subject of fess less elasticity and hardness, and to
planting, which had come in my way, feel more soft and spongy under the
convinced me that it was a vulgar error; knife, than that of the new varieties
and the following experiments were which I have obtained from feed. This
undertaken to prove it fo :

defect may, I think, be the inmediate I fufpected that the appearance of cause of the canker and moís, though it decay in the trees I had seen lately is probably itself the effect of old age, grafted, arose from the diseased state and therefore incurable. of the grafts; and concluded, that if I Being at length convinced, that all tock scions or buds from trees grafred efforts to make grafts from old and in the year preceding, I thon!d succeed worn-out trees grow, were ineffectual, in propagating any kind I chose. With I ihought it probable that those taken this view I inserted iome cur:ings of the from very young trees, raised from feed, best wood I could find in the old trees, could not be made to bear fruit. The on young stocks raised from feed. I event bere answered my expectations. again inferted grafts and buds taken Cuttings from feedling apple-trees of from these on other young stocks, and two years old were inserted on stocks wishing to get rid of all connection with of twenty, and in a bearing state. Theie the old trees, I repeated this fix years; hare now been grafted nine years, and each year twing the young foots from though they have been frequently transthe trees last grafted. Stocks of dif- planted to check their growth, they ferent kinds were tried, fome were have not yet produced a fingle bloliom. double grafted, others obtained from I have lives grafted fonie very old VOL. LVIII.

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trees with cuttings from seedling apple tree when cropped will produce an altrees, of five years old : their growth most eternal succesfion of branches. The has been extremely rapid, and their ap- durability of the apple and pear, I have pears no probability that their time of long fuspected to be different in different producing fruit will be accelerated, or varieties, but that none of either would that their health will be injured, by the vegetate with vigour, much, if at all, begreat age of the stocks. A feedling- yond the life of the parent stock, proapple-tree usually bears fruit in thirteen vided that died from mere old age. I or fourteen years ; and I therefore con- am confirmed in this opinion by the clude, that I have to wait for a blossom books you did me the honour to send to till the trees from which the grafts were me : of the apples mentioned and dertaken attain that age, though I have rea. cribed by Parkinson, the names only son to believe, from the form of their remain, and those since applied to other buds, that they will be extremely pro- kinds now also worn out ; but many

of lific. Every cutting, therefore, taken Evelyn's are fill well known, particufrom the apple (and probably from e larly the red-streak. This apple, he invery other) tree, will be affected by forms us, was raised from seed by Lord the state of the parent stock. It, that Scudamore in the begining of the last be too young to produce fruit, it will century*. We have many trees of it, grow with vigour, but will not blossom; but they appear to have been in a state and if it be too old, it will immediately of decay during the last forty years. produce fruit, but will never make a Some others mentioned by him are in a healthy, tree,' and consequently never- much better state of vegetation ; but answer the intention of the planter. The they have all ceased to deserve the atroot, however, and the

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of the stock tention of the planter. The durability adjoining it, are greatly more durable of the pear is probably something more than the bearing branches ; and I have than double that of the apple, no doubt but that {cions obtained from It has been remarked by Evelyn, and either would grow with vigour,' wh:n by almost every writer fince, on the those taken fom the bearing branches fubject of planting, that the growth of would not. The following experiment plants raised from seeds was more rapid, will at least evince the probability of and that they produced better trees than this in the rear-tree : I took cuttings those obtained from layers or cuttings. from the extremities of the bearing This seems to point out fome kind of branches of fome old ungrafted parc decay attending the latter modes of protrees, and others from Icions which pagation, though the custom in the sprang out of the trunks near the ground; public nurseries, of taking layers from and inferied some of each on the same stools, (trees cropped annually close to stocks. The former grew without thorns, the ground) probably retards its effects, as in the cultivated varieties, and pro- as each plant rises immediately from duced bluffonis the second year; while the root of the parent stock. the latter affumed the appearance of Were a tree capable of affording an

stocks jest raised from seeds, were con eternal succession of healthy plants from 7. vered with thorns, and have not yet its roots, I think our woods must have produced any blodfons.

been wholly over-run with those species The extremities of those branches, of trees which propagate in this manner, which produce seeds in every tree, pro- as those scions from the roots always and we frequently see (particularly in much greater rapidity than feedling the oak) young branches produced from plants. An aspin is feldom seen with: the trunk, when the ends of the old out a thousand suckers rising from its ones have long been dead. - The same Probably about the year 1634.

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