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have at home, in Dumbarton, a manu- ment be viewed by the numerous gla: factory of that article ; which, besides ziers and glass-dealers in England and its considerable exports to England,
Ireland who are accustomed to receive Ireland, and foreign parts, can furnish supplies from Scotland alone ? An in
? supplies to any extent our Scotch con- herent national pride stimulates me sumption may require.
not to be silent when I hear or see aScots Crown Glass, altho' from the ny thing which has the least tendency advertisement seemingly unknown in to tarnish the reputation of Scotland
Metropolis, seems to be pret- in regard to any of its manufactures. ly well known in the capitals and chief Newcastle may with equal justice be tuains of England and Ireland ; and reproached for want of coal, as Scotappears, from the Glasgow Commer- land for want of window-glass. cial Advertiser, Greenock Advertiser, The insinuations contained in the and the other newspapers which con- advertisement alluded to, are either tain lists of the exports from Clyde, to intended to mislead, or, to say the be no inconsiderable article of commerce. least, the framer of it is grossly mistaIf, then, those who are led to believe ken; and in order to remove the false that Scotland is so far behind in ma- impression which may be made on the nufactures, as to have no window public mind regarding the want of a Crown - Glass work, will take the window Crown-Glass manufactory in trouble of referring to these newspa. Scotland, I request the favour of your pers, they will find lists of Scots Crown giving this a place in your next pubGlass exports from Clyde to London, lication, which will much oblige, Bristol, Liverpool, Ireland, America,
SIR, and the West Indies : and that to such
Your most obedient Servant, an extent, as appears to give employment to several thousand tons of ship, ilth April 1809.
A Caledonian ping annually. This city is supplied with Scots window-glass alone ; and if
: I mistake not, Mr Laird announced in a late newspaper, the arrival at Grange- Account of the Duke of ARGYLE's mouth, from the westward, of a vessel Descent upon SCOTLAND in 1685 ; bound even to Leith with a cargo of by Sir PATRICK HUME. Scots Crown Glass.
Scotland is recorded as famous for From Mr Rose's Observations on the Histe. its Crown-Glass manufacture, and at
rical work of Mr Fox. this moment contains a considerable WEE got very encouraging na
ra stock ; and were the accustomed mar- turns from the Lowlands; and kets open as before the late American ernestly pressed the Erle that wee commercial restrictions, the Dumbar- might divide, and some of us goe ton works can produce, with ease, thither; he seemd satished, but withdouble the quantity. Edinburgh is all told us that his son Char :, and orecorded as a 6 hot bed of genius,"
ther gentlemen, wer at Tarbot-castle, but the utmost stretch of human in- with 1200 men; and if we would genuity could not be more unhappily saile the ships thither, & many directed than in devising means to boates wee had, he, with Sir John and make the world believe that Scotland a good pairt of the sogers, would take wants window-glass, or in detracting a land march throw Kantire, levie the from its merit with regard to a manu- whole country, and joine them; and factory of well-known magnitude and that then we might goe to the Low established reputation. In what a ri- lands with a considerable division of diculous light will such an advertise- men (for it was not fit to goe too sin
gle) and he with another considerable goe altogether to the Lowlands, but pairt, would stay theire, levie men, the Highland gentlemen could not be and act against Athole, or as occasione inclined to leev their country under fell in. Sir John was for dividing the enemies feet, and goc with us : and parting presently, but the Erle Wee took what paines wee could being wilfull, and the motion resona- with them, and desired the Erle that ble he made, and the work but of 24 it might be proposed to themselves; houres, we wer most of us of the Erle's who getting them together proposed opinion; so he marched, and we sailed; it to them, as a motion from the Lowcame to Tarbot, and found our friends land gentlemen : They desired to goe at a rendevous here: We made, of apairt to talk among themselves of it, horse and foot, 1800 men: Here and very soon returned againe, and the Erle, in printing a declaration unanimously agreed that it was the concerning himselfe, and in modelling best to goe to the Lowlands; and dethe men, spent more time than needed clared they would leev that country (as indeed he did likewise at Camble- and their intrests, to what hazard so ton) for all wee could doe to haste ever; for they doubted not that wee him on : Here also he got accounts could see their damages repaired, if of the oppressions that Athole's men wee prevailed in the Lowlands; did about Inverary, and tooke the fan- which was the place indeed to be cie, the unluckie fancie of beating A- reckoned upon for the support of our thole and his men from that place, be- bussiness, and not the Highlands ; fore wee should
to the Lowlands: Wee wer well pleased at this answer, This vexed us exceedingly; we told and assured them of what they expecthim, that Athole having the castle, ed, if we should prevaile : The Erle might keep it till he got succoures in said litle, but seemed determined, and despite of us; that his men would being late, they parted. Next day sculke and keep from fighting of pur- he made a new motion, that he pose, till the inland forces and militia thought wee wer so many men as should get together, and incapacitate might serve both to goe to the Lowthe best places of the country from lands with us, & stay with him in joining when wee came ; and very that countrey, as he inclined; wherlikely either hinder our landing, or by he might get more men ther, give us no time to gather, but force chase Athole's men out, or at lest prous to fight too soone. He answered tect the countrey, and put the inland that our shipes might sail to Lock forces, or pairt of them to be sent that Fine, and ly before the castle of Inver- way; whereby wee in the Lowlands ary to molest them with our guns, and might levie with the more ease : Wee the army might march by land, and condescended heartilie to the motion, fight them out. It was replyed, that sate with him, agreed what men, the ships with our armes and amu- armes and amunition should
go and nition, could not goe ; for the English what ship : He made a step out from frigates (of which we then had heard us, and in half an houre after called that they wer at Aire) would easily out Sir John, and retreated from all come to Lock Fine, and catch our condescended to; which so madded shipes and stores, so as there could be no Sir John, and the rest of us, that eveescaping; and for fighting Athole's ry one discernd great dissatisfaction men, it was sure they wold retire amongst us; but provisiones falling from us, of purpose to keep us up in scarce, wee wer almost forced from that place : He, finding so great aver- thence ; so put all aboard ships and sion from that motion, both in gentle- boats and sailed towards Boot : On men and seamen, said he was willing to the way toake a timber ship, who had
seen the English frigate the Fisher. vexed us much, because it savoured of In the evening we landed at Rothsay private revenge, and wee disliked these in Boot, & lodged there ; next day methods : Also he had sent Mr Charles people wer sent out to drive in kowes into Cowail to get some more men, for meat, and some partyes to severall but getting few, and wanting amuni. places in the isle, Sir John Cochrane tion, was pursued by Athole's men ; and I went in the Sophia and David, and leaving his party too inconsiderup Clide to Greenock, intending to ately to feli h some amunition, they get meat there for the camp ; wee imediately run after him: Athole's discerned a strong party of horse men pursued, kild some, took a few coming toward the town; when they prisoners, the rest escaping into Eycame at it, I caused fire 2 guns, which landgrig castle : This affront made put: them from their ground; they the Erle more intent on aghting Amarched up the hill : Sir John was thole's men, and backward of going for landing men, but I was against it to the Lowlands, so as wee wer put because wee had but few, and only 3 beyond all patience; so that meeting ship boates, that could not cary above together, comission was given by the 20 a piece, at most, rowers and all; rest to Sir John and mee, to treat with yet Sir John sent two boats full with the Erle perempterly on the point; a person I had a great kindness for, the Erle would gladly have shifted, Mr Fullarton, comanding ; I see- but being pressed, tell in great pas ing this, sent a boat full, and went sion: Sir John ceded, but I insisted myself in a litle pinace with other 6, in high termes with him ; so as he all it would hold , Fullarton's boate came, as afterward appeared, to susonly was landed, when the pinace pect that wee would comand the shipos, came ashoare: he drew up 12 fire- and goe without him : But he yieldlocks in a little yard, seing as many ed not, only desired 24 hours delay, horsemen coming towards him ; Jhon- and he wold satisfy us all what he
; ston of 'y' Jlk younger comanding the would doe; he went in boat imediatepartie, held up a hankerchief; wher- ly, and viewed Islandgrig castle, at upon Fullarton with 3 went out to his returne he told us, that the Engparly, but while parlying, Jhonston lish frigates being on the coast, wee tired on them, then ran off; the could not saile with our armes and aother fired after him, and as some o
munition aboard to the Lowlands; for ther of the horsemen came up to fire, beside that they might fall on us at the other 3 with Fullarton fired, and sea, and sinke us all, we could not get beat them off: By this time other time for them to lever and take out two bo
with men landed, and wee our store : but he had found a strong came, & joining Fullarton, drew up place where to put our store, which the whole pairty together ; but our was within so narrow rocky passages great gunes played over us, as I had of sea, as no man of war durst advenordered, came near the body of horse, ter it; and the castle in an isle within
; and made them reell; so they march- the lock, that no cannon could be ed off over all the hill, & left us: brought to it by land ; and if we then Sir John landed, and we went in would saile thither to see it, he would the towne, and tooke some meal out take us by the Keiles of Boot, so as of a girnull, and a pretty barque out wee should have it in our choose still, of the harbour, and returned to Roth- whither to unloade, or goe loaded to зау.
the Lowlands; to which if we inclinWhile wee wer away, the Erle had ed, there wer such wayes of escaping caused burn the castle, because a house among these Keiles, that in dispite of of his had been burnt in Cowall ; this many shipes, we might saile whither
the frigates should not discerne. Sir arms put up, the castle garisond, and John yielded; others advised to co- an earthen fort built, on which our mand one or two of the shipes, and besi ships gunes .wer planted, none beleev. the admirall, and the two prises, ing above 5 or 4 pounders ; on a fan. and severall small barques with open cie, but a foolish one, that if the friboates, with Argyle; and indeed wee gales should get up;
would wer masters of the seamen, who wer cut their shrowdes and tackling, at ready to obey us, whatever the Eile greater distance, than their 30 or 28 should contradict; but I could not pounders would batter the earthen new condescend to part in that manner.com made fort. I persuaded them to comply with him While the shipes were unloading, for these reasones : 1st, That such a and fort making, the Erle comanded breach would be shamefull. 2d, That Collonell Kumbold with the horse, & if we wer catched by the way, or not Major Henderson with 300 foot, who succeed in landing, or suffer in land- marched by land to the side of Lock ing, the ruines of the affaire would be. Fine over-against Inverarie, and so up charged upon us. Sd, I did really be the lockside to Arkinlas; some 500 hieve that he would oppose us by of Athole's men came marching about force ; for he had comanded compa- the Lockhead, a short way towards nies of Higlanders aboard all the them; they engaged, and our men did shipes. 4thly, That his overtures' car- well, killed severall of them, but could ried something of reason in its alter. not force them to a closs fight, or from native, if his suppositions hold: By their strong grounds, where they made these arguments they wer diverted, a show of salying and skirmishing : but John Cochrane, who caried wor- Notice came to Argyle, who immedie thily all along, with the greatest diffi- ately comanded the army to march to culty : Her wee got returnes from Inverarie ward, for assisting our men, Irland, by our messengers sent from who wer said to be engaged and need Holland thither, very satisfactory. aide. The voluntiers that came from
Wee sailed near Eylandgrig, straite Holland had chosen mee to leed them and difficult passages indeed, saw the as a modelld company, yet wer very castle which the Erle was so fond of, averse from marching thither, (though and being asked how wee liked it, I ernestly pleaded to persuade them,) some told the Erle it signified no alleadging plainly, that it was but a thing ; I, having advised with the trick of the Erle to engage us against seamen, who told mee that the frigates Inverary; and that our pairty was not might come up if well piloted, indea- engaged ; yet I prevailed with them, voured to dissuade the Erle to put the by promising that if they wer not enstore in the castle, as certainly being gaged already, who wer there, and safer in the shipes ; he said I had not that Athole's men would not fight us skill, but was much mistaken : This at our coming, I should instantly requestion was quickly decided by the turne with them, and take what course frigates their blocking up the two they should resolve upon : The Erle passages wherby only our shipes could hearing of their aversion, and not er. get out; they being at the first pilot- pecting them along with him, but ed in, whither the Erle thought they that they intended to pairt for the durst not adventer ; yet he said still, Lowlands ; gave an order to the cothey could not come the lenth of the mander of the castle, and ordered of castle, the passages being much nar-, the fort and shipes in his absence; rower; and indeed our shipes, tho' far that if any persons should goe away, less than they, could hardly get up: he should disarme them ; but this wee Here was all the amunition Et good, knew not till wee returned. All
marched about a mile, when notice persuading the seamen to stay in the came to the Erle, that ther was no en- shipes, which they were ordered to gaging or forcing Athole's men to sink, (if the frigates should pass the tight; and that they sought only to castle and come to them,) and fie ingain time : When our men assaulted, to the castle; we marched to Glen they tooke to the rockes and strong Duroule, wher he stay'd three dayes, grounds; when they retired, then they doe irhat we could, in the countrey offered to pursue, and only skulked hoping to make up men; but insteed too and again so, and seemed to intend of that more run away watch what no other ; so ivee immediately march- wee could. Then we marched anoed back to Eylandgrig:
ther day to Lock Streen head and beThe fort being compleated, the ing forced to draw in cattell of the Erle resolved to march wher wee country for meat, such as in that place might get some victualls and provi- came in to us, went almost all away ;
which was fallen very scarce; and they who stay'd, having neither but still bent on Inverarie, would hold meat nor bread, wer sore straitened. that way: Wee pressing still for the Here the Erle finding the 3000 HighLowlands, he motioned, that all the landers he had reckoned upon come lovlanders, gentlemen, and voluntiers, very near 300 spoken of (for they should be mounted on the best horses wer not above 500) besides the Lowwer there, & with some loads of armés landers, fled from the inlands to Kantire and amunition, march immediately to before our landing, who had joined us; the Lowlands, by the head of Lock some more with the voluntiers from Long: Wee wer satisfied, but what Holland then 300, was inexpressably fate was in it, he imediately, in less damped and discouraged. Sir John than halfe an houre, resisted, and and I endeavoured what we could to would needs have all goe one way : encourage him, and haist him to the Then he offered to take the shipes, Lowlands, for the few with us wer and adventer by the frigates, either hearty enough ; so we marched and the one passage or the other, and fight crossed Lock Long troubleso:nely in them; and that in the mean time, the boats, and lay on the rockie side of it
13 boates might steell by with the rest of all night. In the morning came the the men ; wee consulted the seamen, whole men of the garison, fort, and who said it was very madness to offer shipes, with newes, that the frigets it: Wee had not one gun could came up closs to the castle ; and laid hurt them, neither instruments for open all their great guns so formidaboarding, nor fitt men ; every gun of bly, as made them (perceiving that their's could sink us, and wee could they would quickly batter downe not pass without musket shot of them, both fort and castle, and being certhe passages wer so straite wher they tainly informed, that Atholewith lay. On these grounds, all most true, 3000 men, being advertised from the wee answered, the attemp wer unrea- frigetes, was coming thither and wisonably disparate. Then he came to thin 3 miles,) haistely to leev the resolve to march' to the Lowlands; shipes unsunk, and the castle with the but many of the Highlanders wer run whole amunition and armes, to the eaway with our armes, which made nemie, (the blowing up which the him ashamed, and to fret mightily, & governor comanded and intended very ernest to make them up againe ;* misgiving,) who got all in their hands. but truth is, wee could get no meat At this newes, the Erle and all our for whom wee had.
men wer greatly surprised and dispiAfter settling the comand of the rited, but he marched on to Lock garison & fort, & great trouble in Gaire ; and here I had much adoe to