Containing an Account of Indigenous Animals, Plants, and Fossils; Vegetables, Part 2., pp.238-249.

IN Kilbride, both soil and climate are unfavourable for the luxuriant production of exotic plants. Fruit trees very seldom do well: and a flower of any delicacy is hardly to be found. Small fruit comes to much greater perfection than the large. This is ascribed to the cold schistus, or till, that lies at no … Continue reading Containing an Account of Indigenous Animals, Plants, and Fossils; Vegetables, Part 2., pp.238-249.

Containing an Account of Indigenous Animals, Plants, and Fossils; Animals, Part I., pp.229-238.

AMONGST the Quadrupeds may be mentioned the Fox. He finds convenient coverts in the shady, and rugged banks of Calder, between Torrance and Crossbasket. In these haunts also the Badger and Polecat find a safe retreat. A Mole of a beautiful white colour was lately catched at Rawhead. That the Bison, now a native of … Continue reading Containing an Account of Indigenous Animals, Plants, and Fossils; Animals, Part I., pp.229-238.

Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part IV., pp.210-227.

NEITHER the church, nor church-yard, is adorned with large, or expensive sepulchral monuments. The graves are generally covered with stones; but very few of them are ornamented with Coats of arms, or epitaphs for the dead. Nothing is left to distinguish the burying-place, at the old church of Torrance, save a few fragments of human … Continue reading Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part IV., pp.210-227.

Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part III., pp.199-210.

THE parish is well furnished with Mills, there being no fewer than seven. Some of them are constructed for lint, as well as for oats and barley; but none of them for wheat. At Kittochside-mill there is an excellent machine for drying pease: it is an improvement on the machine that was invented, some time … Continue reading Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part III., pp.199-210.

Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part II., pp.191-199.

THE diseases to which black cattle, in this parish, are exposed, are not numerous, and seldom fatal. For most of them Garlic is used as a sovereign remedy; and its healing virtue rarely fails. This is verified particularly in the Tail-slip, a disease which cold sometimes brings upon cows. This trouble first appears in the … Continue reading Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part II., pp.191-199.

Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part I., pp.180-190.

INSURMOUNTABLE obstacles, both from the soil and climate, will always obstruct agricultural improvements in this parish. Nearly three-fourths of the arable land is composed of a stiff clayey soil, generally incumbent on till, a substance greatly unfavourable for vegetation: it is likewise, in most place, very much exposed to under-water, and is commonly known by … Continue reading Of Agriculture, Trade, Diseases, Poor, State of Religion, Sepulchral Monuments, &c., Part I., pp.180-190.

Of the Extent of Kilbride, its Population, Places of Note, &c., Part IV., pp.168-179.

THAT the sirnames of Torrance and Calderwood originated in this parish, is not improbable. Concerning the latter, the following story is handed down, by tradition, among the family of Calderwoods in the shire of Ayr. They say, “that, at a remote period, there lived at Calderwood, in Kilbride, a family of the name of Calderwood, … Continue reading Of the Extent of Kilbride, its Population, Places of Note, &c., Part IV., pp.168-179.