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tlemen, you will always consider seed and labour, and often much yourselves as entrusted, in this re. longer. It is then left to gather. mote region of the earth, with the grass as it can. The consequence is honour of that beloved country, sterility or weeds for several years ; which I trust becomes more dear to and, when the land at last begins to you, as I am sure it does to me, gather a sward, it is again massacred during every new moment of ab.
as before. sence ; that in your intercourse On Mr Fairley's plan, the land is. with each other, as well as with indeed laid dowo with sown grasses; the natives of India you will keep but, in all places where grass would unspotted the ancient character of grow with most advantage it is suf. the British nation, renowned in focated, and overmatched, by perevery age, and in no age more than nicious weeds, Even in lands mostin the present, for valour, for jus. ly or wholly devoted to pasturage, tice, for humanity and generosity ; the weight of weeds often far sure for every virtue which supports, as passes that of the edible grasses. well for
talent and accom- You can seldom handle their hay plishment which adorns, human so- without being stung by a nettle,
or pricked by a thistle.
The general wetness of the climate points out the fitness of this district
for pasturage and green crops. In Present State of Agriculture in AYR- laying down land for pasture, far.
mers have lately been much injured
by the introduction of the annual (From the Farmer's Magazine.) ryegrass seed, which yields a heavy
of hay, but leaves the land HA me
sion through a considerable part pied with weeds during several years. of Ayrshire, I beg leave to offer a To obviate this, tbey should raise few remarks on the general stile their rye-grass seed within themof agriculture in that country at pre- selves, and never sow any but what sent, compared, occasionally, with is taken from the second or third the system which prevailed several crop. Sone tracts in Ayrshire nayears ago, when I sometimes enjoyed turally throw up the most luxuriant the happiness of residing therein. and nutritive grasses. Such lands
It is needless to enter into any de. should generally, if not always, be scription of the system laid down kept in pasture ; and, I conceive, by the late Mr Fairley of Fairley, when other lands are laid down for a as it has been so often described, and long course of pasturage, the seeds is so well known. The principal of these grasses would answer better defects of his system were, no drain- than any others that might be proage, no fallows or cleaning crops; cured. . and to these may be added bad roads; I remember when turnips were litfor some of the worst lines of road tle cultivated in Ayrshire, but their ever contrived, were planned and ex. cultivation is now making a consideecuted under his direction.
rable progress, though they are sel The old system still continues, in dom properly cleaned. They are several places, of infield and outfield. either not thinned at all, or thinned The infield gets most of the manure, in a very imperfect manner after and is always in crop. The outfield they are half grown. The advanis cropped as long as it can repay the tage of performing this operation, as
soon as the plants can be distinguish. give the animals much more of their
is. or more per fall. The extensively cultivated in ancient
(To be continued.) row, and the rows too close to each other, so that the roots are smothered by the exclusion of sun and air; A true Relation of an Apparition, Exand nearly the same effects ensue as if they had been suffocated by
pressions, and Actings, of a Spirit, weeds. The farmers plant and clean
which infested the house of ANDREW
MACKIE in RINGCROFT OF STOCK their potatoes by the plough, as is done in other places ; but they are
ING, in the Paroch of° RERRICK in generally too backward in applying
the Stewartry of KIRKCUDBRIGHT, the hand to remove the weeds which
(From a pamphlet published in the vated here as it deserves, since it year 1695 by the Rev. ALEXANDER would prove an excellent resource
R. Telfair begins by expressing This county excels in its breed his great reluctance to appear of working horses and of milch " in print, to the view of the world,”
The people also excel in the which had however been overcome art of making cheese, a minute ac. by several pious and laudable motives, count of which was transmitted to particularly " the conviction and the Board of Agriculture, which, confutation of that prevailing spirit with many other useful communi- of atheism and infidelity in our time, tions, they have chosen to suppress. denying, both in opinion and practice, I conceive it would be an improve the existence of spirits, and consement upon their dairy system, to quently an heaven and an hell; and im
puting the voices, apparitions,andac- thods and actings from the persons tings of good or evil spirits, to the present, towards whom, and before melancholic disturbance or distemper whom it did act) have given the enof the brains and fancies of those who suing, and short account of the whole pretend to hear, see, or feel them.- matter, which I can attest to be the And that this true and attested ac. very truth as to that affair. count of Satan's methods in this place “ Upon the 7th of March there may carry the foresaid ends, is the were stones thrown in the house, in earnest prayer
of Alexander Telfair. all the places of it, but it could not be To silence the Atheists and Scep- discovered from whence they came, tics above alluded to, Mr Telfair what, or who threw them :
after gives the following list of persons this manner it continued till the Sab. who were ready to attest what they bath, now and then tbrowing, both kad seen and heard.
in the night and the day, but was
busiest throwing in the night time. Mr Andrew Æwart Minister at
“ Upon the Sabbath, being the Kells. Mr Jas. Monteith Minister at Borg. clips were taken away, and were
irth of March, the crook and pntMr John Murdo Minister at Cors.
wanting four days, and were found michael,
at last on a loaft where they had been Mr Samuel Spalding Minister at
sought several times before. This Partan.
is attested by Charles Macklelane of Mr 'William Falconer Minister at
Colline, and John Cairns in HardKeltour,
hills. It was observed that the Charles Macklelane of Colline,
Stones which hit any person, had William Lennox of Millhouse.
not half their natural weight, and Andrew Tait in Torr.
the throwing was more frequent on John Tait in Torr
the Sabbath, than at other times : John Cairns in Hardhills.
and especially in time of prayer, 2William Mackminn.
bove all other times, it was busiest, John Corsby.
then throwing most at the person Thomas Mackmion
praying. The said Andrew Mackie Andrew Paline, &c.
told the matter to me upon Sabbath Our author then proceeds to his after sermon : upon the narrative, from which we shall extract thereafter I went to the house, did some of the most curious parts for stay a considerable time with them, the amusment of our readers.
and prayed twice, and there was no " Whereas many are desirous to trouble : then I came out with know the truth of the matter as resolution to leave the house, and as to the evil spirit and its actings, that I was standing speaking to troubleth the family of Andrew men at the barn-end, I saw two little Mackie in Ringcroft of Stocking, stones drop down on the croft at a and are liable to be misinformed, as little distance from me; and immeI do find by the reports that come diately some came crying out of the to my own ears of that matter,-- house, that it was become as ill as Therefore that satisfaction may be ever within, whereupon I went into given, and such mistakes may be cu- the house again, and as I was at red or prevented : I, the minister of prayer, it threw several stones at me, the said Paroch (who was present but they did no hurt, being very several times, and was witoess to small : and after there was no more many of its actings, and have heard trouble till the 18 day of March, an account of the whole of its me- and then it begaa as before, and
threw more frequently greater stones, and Mr John Murdo, minister of whose strokes were where Corsmichael, came to the house and they hit : and thus it continued to spent that night in fasting and pray
Then I went to the house ing: but it was very cruel against and stayed a great part of the night, them, especially by throwing great but was greatly troubled; stones, stones, some of them about half an and several other things were thrown stone weight. It wounded Mr Anat me. I was struck several times on diew Æwart twice in the head, to the sides and shoulders, very sharp- the effusion of his blond, it pulled ly, with a great stali, so that those off his wig in time of
and who were present heard the noise when he was holding out his napof the strokes ; that night it ihrew kin betwixt his hands, it cast a stone off the bed-side; and rapped upon in the napkin, and therewith threw it the chests and boards as one calling from him : It gave Mr Jolin Murdo for access. This is attested by several sore strokes; yet the wounds Charles Macklelane of Colline, Wil and bruises received did soon cure. liam Mackminn, and john Tait in There were none in the house that Torr, That night, as I was once at night escaped from some of its fury, prayer, leaning on a bed-side, I felt and cruelty : That night it threw a something pressing up my arm, and fierie peet among the people ; but casting my eyes thither, perceived a did no hurt, it only disturbed them little white hand and arm from the el- in time of prayer: and also in the bow down, but presently it evanished. dawning, as they rose from prayer, It is to be observed, that not with the stones poured down on all who standing all that was felt and heard, were in the house to their hurt : this from the first to the last of this mat. is attested by Mr Andrew Æwart, ter, there was never any thing seen, MrJohn Murdo, Charles Macklelane, except that hand I saw, and a friend and John Tait. of the said Andrew Mackie's said he Upon the 5th of Aprile : It set saw as it were a young man, red- some thatch straw in Gre which was faced, with yellow hair, looking in in the barne-yard: At night the house at the window ; and other two or being very throng with neighbours, three persons, with the said Andrew the stones were still thrown down his children, saw, ať several times, as
among them :
as the said Andrew it were a young boy, about the age Mackie his wife went to bring in of 14 years,
cloths, and a
some peets for the fire, when she bonnet on his head, but presently came to the door she found a broad disappeared ; as also what the three stone to shake under her foot, which children saw sitting by the fire. she never knew to be loose before : side.
she resolved with her self to see what “ Aprile 3. It whistled several times, was beneath it in the morning there. and cried wisht, wisht, this is at. after. tested by Andrew Tait. Upon the Upon the 6th of Aprile, wher 4th of Aprile, Charles Macklelane the house was quiet, she went to the of Colline land-lord, with the said stone, and there found seven small. Andrew Mackie, went to a certain bones, with blood, and some flesh, number of ministers met at Buttle, all closed in a piece of old suddled and gave them an account of the paper; the blood was fresh and matter ; whereupon these ministers bright, the sight whereof troubled made public prayers for the family, her, and being affraid, laid all down and two of their number, viz. Mr again ; and ran to Colline his house, Andrew Æwart, minister of Kells, being an quarter of an mile distant :
but in that time it was worse than said, Take you that, the person got ever it was before ; by throwing no more for a while. This is attested stones and fire balls, in and about by John Tait. the house, but the fire as it lighted " The 21. 22. 23. it continued did evanish: in that time it threw casting stones, beating with staves an hot-stone into the bed betwixt and throwing peet-mud in the faces the children, which burnt through of all in the house, especially in time the bed cloaths.
prayer, with all its former tricks, “Upon the 9th of April, the bones The 24th being a day of humiliawere sent to the ministers, who were tion appointed to be kept in the paalloccasionally met at Kirkcudbright, rish for that cause ; all that day, they appointed five of their number, from morning to night, it continued - viz. Mr John Murdo, Mr James in a most fearful manner without in. · Monteith, Mr John Mackmillan, termission, throwing stones with such
Mr Samuel Spalding, and Mr Wilcruelty and force, all in the house . liam Falconer, with me, to go to feared lest they should be killed. the House, and spend so much time “ The 26th, it threw stones in the in fasting and praying as we were evening, and knocked on a chest seveable.
ral times as one to have access; and "Upon upon the oth of April we began to speak, and call those who went to the house, and no sooner did were sitting in the house witches, and I begin to open my mouth, but it rukes, and said it would take thene threw stones at me, and all within to hell. , the house, but still worst at him “ Upon the 27th it set the house · who was at duty: it came often seven times in fire. The 28th, being with such force upon the house that the Sabbath, from sun rising to sun it, made all the house to shake, it setting, it still set the house in fire ; brake an hole thorrow the timber and as it was quenched in one part, instthatch of the house, and poured in antly it was tired in another; and in great stones: it gripped, and handled the evening, wien it could not get its the legs of some as with a man's hand; designs fulfilled in burning the house, it hoised up the feet of others while it pulled down the end of the house, standing on the ground, thus it did to all the stone work thereof, so that William Lennox of Mill-house, my- they could not abide in it any longer, self, and others; in this manner it con- but went and kindled their fire in the tinued till ten o clock at night, but stable. after that there was no more trouble. "Upon Tuesday's night, being the
“ The 16th it continued whisting, 30 of April, Charles Macklelane of groaning, whisling, and throwing Colline, with several neighbours, stones in time of prayer; it cryed Bo, were in the barne; as he was at prayBo, and Kick, Cuck, and shoke men er he observed a black thing in the back and foreward, and hoised them corner of the barne, and it did inup as if it would lift them off their “erease, as if it would fill the whole knees. This is attested by Andrew dlouse ; he could not discern it to have Tait.
any form, but as if it had been a “ The 20th it continued throwing black cloud, it was affrighting to stones, whisling, and whisting with them all; and then it threw bear.chaff all its former words : when it hit
and other mud upon their faces, and afperson, and said, Take you that till ter did grip severals who were in the you get more, that person was house by the middle of the body, by immediately of another ; but'when it the arms and other parts of their boApril 1806.