1810

1810

January

1st

Walchern evacuated by our troops.

Buonoparte parted with his wife with the resolution of getting another.

The weather uncommonly tempestuous.

2nd

Paid John Reid Eight pounds ten shillings being the Intrest of one year of his money.  It was due only the 18 of this month.

Got the Joiners out of my house.

10th

A Storm of Frost and snow succeeds a heavy fall of Rain.

Got most o f the Shrubs planted that I mean to plant in the front of my house.

15th

Got an invoice of Mecines from David Taylor & Sons London amounting to 58 pounds intended for my copartnery with Mr Anderson.

20th

Got the drawers Counter and Shelves Valued by J Bowie wright.

21st

The storm still continues with unabating rigor.

Severall aged people have died suddenly of late.

25th

The storm terminated by a cold thaw with some rain.

Began to take the Weight and Quantity of my Medcines preparatory to George Anderson’s entry as  a partner.

29th

My son James has not yet got into an office to write at Edinburgh altho he was recommended to upwards of a dozen respectable writers to the signet yet not one of them had an opening to receive him.

Got all my Shrubs planted in my garden in the area before my door.

Gave James Gillespie twenty shillings to buy some deals for my bookcase in my new house.

My son’s trunk came from Edinburgh.

The Markets are still high.

 February

1st

Mr Anderson entered as partner.
Took the weight of the rest of the medicines.

7th

Finished the inventory of the medicines and valued them.  They amounted to one hundred and nine pounds seventeen shillings sterling.  Took Mr Anderson’s bill for the half of the Amount payable at Lammas and Whitsunday thereafter by equal portions.

9th

Paid eight pounds seven shillings being the balance I owned to the Apothecaries hall in Glasgow.

The weather extremely wet with high winds.

Wrote my Son James to come home for a few days as I was uneasy on account of hearing that his health was not properly established.

Business at present seems to revive a little, but money is scarse and very difficult to be had.

The Magistrates planted twenty Lime trees in Cowans Yard.

An investigation going on in the house of Commons relative to the failure of the Expedition to Holland.

12th

Holland and Germany to the Elb or confines of Denmark declared to be incorporate to France by Bonaparte.

A Fall of Snow with very cold weather.

The Painters began to wash down the roofs and walls of the rooms of my house.

My Son wrote me that he was well and that I had been deceived relative to his health.

17th

The frost continues with increased severity.

Disturbances amounting to a Mutiny among the Troops on the Badross establishment which was not quelled without a considerable degree of bloodshed.  A very rich prize a French frigate called the Cannonico was going into L’Orient by the Valiant man of war reported to be worth upwards of a Million sterling.  She was from the Isle de France and loaded with the Plunder and money that the French had taken in the east Indies for some years past.

18th

The Storm still continues intensely severe.

Another fall of snow with a cold partial thaw.

Houses are not setting at all this season, the few that are let are at reduced prices.

21st

A Thaw commenced which continued until the 25, when a fall of snow again took place.

25th

The Markets high especially Butchers meat, butter, eggs Potatoes.

Received a letter from James.

27th

Sent James a box containing 12 shirts and a waistCoat.

The Weather moderate but inclined to rain.

 March

1st

The weather continues wet and stormy.

The Labour of the field and of the Gardens quite at a stand on account of the inclemency of the weather, there being frost one day, snow another and rain a third.

10th

I have got little done to my garden, the Painters are busy at times in painting a part of the house but everything is so damp and wet that little can be got done on that account.

12th

The Investigation relative to the Walchern expedition or to Holland is not yet finished.

Bonaparte has deposed the Pope of Rome and annexed the Papal territories to France but the pope is allowed a pension of £80,000 sterling and declared to be first bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, but not allowed the least power in Civil Matters.

Most part of the Dutch Republic is incorporated with France.

Spain is nearly overrun by the French who are besieging Cadiz in which there are about 4000 British troops and some men of war in the Harbour under Admiral Martin in order to help the Spaniards to defend it.

16th

Bonaparte is about to marry the Emperer of Austria’s Daughter.  A road is making from the Raploch to the Grammar School up by the Ballangeich by the town of Stirling but the expence, which will be great, is to be taken off the hospitals especially Cowans Hospital by which means the poor are defrauded of their rights.

18th

News arrived of the capture of the Island of Guadaloup by General Beckwith and Admiral          [sic] with little loss.

Clear hard Frost and the weather exceedingly Sharp and cold.

Received letters from James acquainting me that he had got into Michael Linings Office,  a Writer to the Signet, on trial to Whitsunday.  I sent him Robert Weirs Bill for fifteen Guineas to get payment of it when due in order to enable him to pay a part of his board.

21st

Planted Early Cabbages, Peas, Onions, leeks and Carrots.

23rd

The weather dry included to Frost, with snow on all the hills.  The farmers have got their beans sown.

25th

Planted Boxwood round the Plot of Ground in front of the House together with some Pinks, Lillies, Tuplips etc etc.

29th

The weather wet and cold inclining to frost with a deep  Snow on every hill.  The Season hitherto has been uncommonly Backward and Vegetation is scarcely perceptible.  The farmers have got most of their oats sowen.   The markets are uncommonly high.  Beef if from 8 pence to 9 pence per pound and every other article in proportion.

April

1st

Little appearance of Buildings going on this Season.

John Aitman has left my show and John Anderson has succeeded him

7th

Most of my new house is ready for inhabiting. The Dining room, the Drawing Room and two bedrooms are painted by R Davidson.

Planted four Plants of Rhubarb in the garden besides some tulips and other flower roots in front of my house.

Mrs Whitehead in town about her distillery share business.  Her affairs are in much confusion.

Agnes has gone to Mr McLerans School.

The Weather Cold with Rain.  The Snow is still on the Hills.

Got £15 from the funds of the Copartnery.

12th

Sir Francis Burdet Member of Parliament for Westminster sent to the Tower for Writing a Pamphlet on the House of Commons with respect to the imprisonment of Gale Jones, the Majority who voted for his commitment was only 28, Eighty of Whom were place men or enjoyed Sinecures.  There were great mobs in consequence, the military were called in, many lives were lost and much blood was shed.  Many think his imprisonment is illegal.

Bonaparte married to the Emporer of Austria’s daughter.

13th

An expedition fitting out in the eastern ports supposed to be for the Baltic.  The Swedes publish a declaration excluding our Ships of every description from entering their ports or harbours.

18th

The 79 Regiment left this town for Dundee after being here about six months.  The Officers and men behaved themselves quietly, the Regiment was rather sickly, altho it did not consist of 400 men yet there were seldom drawer than 40 in the hospital at one time.  They marched to Dundee.

James Gained the first prize for the best essay that was given in by the Students of the Logic Class in Edinburgh.

Property, particularly houses, have fallen very much in value this year bypast and there is at present a great number untenanted.  Nobody has given me an offer for my present dwelling house as a Tennant.

21st

My son James came from Edinburgh.  He goes back again in two days.

22nd

Got my Potatoes planted amounting to 3 pecks of Early Potatoes and eight pecks of late ditto which I expect if the season turns out well will be sufficient for the use of my family.

25th

The Justiciary Judge came here to hold the Circuit Court (but Strange to tell altho most true) owing to the effects of Intemperance he could not proceed.  On his arrival from Glasgow at Gibbs Inn in this town, he asked where he was, could not recollect that he had been at Glasgow, the next day he went to the Courthouse in his own Carriage but could not do anything or say scarce a word except to call for wine, which was brought to him and of which he drank of twice.  The Court was dismissed of Course by the Depute advocate and two Trials which ought to have come on delayed after the poor men had been at the expense of feeing of hiring counsel from Edinburgh to plead their Cause.  Our worthy Magistrates however dined with this worthy Judge twice, as did also Somervile the Minister altho they all knew that the poor Judge was insane or stupid from the effects of Intemperance.    The name of this judge was Cullen but it does not appear that any notice will be taken of this uncommon affair, to such a pitch is the nation degraded, and how little notice is taken of the flagrant abuses that exist in every department of the State.  Surely matters cannot exist long in their present situation.

30th

The latter part of this month has been very fine dry weather, only a little frost during the night.

The Labours of the farmer are well advanced.  They are busily employed in sowing their barley.

Markets are very high, especially Butchers meat, Good Beef being as high as ten pence the pound.  Veal Lamb and Mutton are also extravagantly dear.

Our Barracks in the Castle have got the name of being unhealthy.  ‘Tis supposed that no more of the military will be stationed here on that account.  I believe the report is scandalous and false but on ther whole the inhabitants will be no losers by there being no military stationed here.  Very few individuals profited from their Custom as a regiment never leaves a town without leaving many claims not paid, not are the Officers in this respect any more worthy of credit than the private Soldiers.

May

1st

Began to remove my furniture to my new house.

The Account of the proceedings of the Court of Justiciary was not as yet published in the papers altho they were published relative to the other Circuits in all the Scottish newspapers.

3rd

Removed my family and furniture to my house head of Bridge Street.  May the Change prove fortunate as I did not fully consider matters when I bought that house and Garden.

The  Weather fine but attended with a severe drought.

There is at present an uncommon appearance of a plentifull Crop of fruit in all the Gardens about this City and neighbourhood and if all the Catterpillars or Grubs do not hurt them there will be plenty of all kinds of fruit.

5th

One of the Old Veterans jumped over the south side of the Castle Wall and dashed out his brains.  He was at times subject to fits of insanity.

8th

The weather very cold and frosty which will soon be attended with effects hurtfull to vegetation.

16th

The Weather still cold with frosty mornings.  The Gardens and fields look very bleak.  Vegetation is much injured and quite at a stand.  The Property tax for Rashiehill this year amounted to four pounds sterling.

[Rashiehill was Dr Lucas’s property near Denny, Stirling County].

19th

Gave Convener John Reid forty pounds sterling in part payment of his bill – besides ten pounds sterling as payment of an open account due to me to him.

21st

The Eastern battalion of the Local Stirlingshire Militia came into town to be embodied, and to be instructed in their exercise for 20 days.

22nd

Sowed a plot before the Door of white clover seeds and sowed part of the Orchard with Clover and rye Grass.  The Closer seeds were white and red mixed.

23rd

Some few Showers but the weather was still Cold when it cleared up.

24th

Planted the last of my peas.  I planted seven pound this year and 1½ lib of Turkey beans.

The season has been very cold and backward.  Vegetation is much hurt with the cold frosty winds and likewise by the frost for it was generally hard frost every night.

25th

Paid my brother £7:10 being the interest due on his bond at Whitsunday last.

26th

Gave five Pounds sterling to R Davidson Painter.  Received a letter from James my son acquainting me that he was well and settled with Mr Lining.  This month was remarkably dry and cold excepting a few days towards the End when it was very warm and dry, whereby  vegetation was much hurt.  Gave Robert Davidson the painter five pounds to account.

June

4th

The King’s birthday Keep t as usuall in the Council room, very few invited that had a right to be present.  The Company consisted of the Magistrates and the lower Council with the old deacons and council men together with all the Officers of the local Militia.  There was no bonefire at the Cross nor any signs of rejoicing about the town but every thing as dull as on any other day.

6th

Sent fifteen pounds to Edinburgh to James in order to Enable him to pay his board.  Mr Lucas, I think, Charges rather high his demand being somewhat above one pound sterling per week.

7th

Some rain has fallen.

One James Abercromby at Bandeath has had five of his children dead within half a year, viz a lad of 18 years of Age who was consumptive, 2nd a Girl of 20 years of Age who died of a Dropsy, 3rd a boy twelve years of Age, 4th another 8 years of age both of whom died of Hydrocephalus, 5 a Girl ten years of Age who died of Enteritis or an inflamation of the bowels.  Both the Parents are healthy sober people, the family live in a decent Cleanly manner the situation of their house is healthy situated on the banks of the Forth five Miles below Stirling.  The Children were remarkably healthy and thriving untill of Late.

The Streets are keept remarkably dirty this season.  One Horn a farmer in Corntown who is the contractor for sweeping them does not employ proper persons to Keep them clean.

8th

Paid John Robertson seven pounds twelve and sixpence Sterling for six bolls of Oatmeal for my family intended to serve the Children and Servants for Porridge for one years.

11th

The Eastern Battalion Local Militia went home.  They marched to the Depot on the Canal Bank by Falkirk where they deposited their Arms and Cloathing.  They were commanded by Colonel Simson of Plean and in Generall behaved very well.  Only one man was punished by being turned out or drummed out of the regiment for being a Drunkard and a Gambler and in other respects incorrigible.

12th

The Western Battalion of the Stirlingshire Local Militia commanded by Hamilton of Bardowie an old man, came into town.  They were inferior as a body  of men to the Eastern Battalion, some were very old men and many were mere boys.  They were quartered upon to Citizens.

15th

A Fine Shower but the weather continued still cold although the wind is often at Southwest.

18th

The Drouth uncommonly great, severall of my young fruit Trees have died, besides many plants have withered.  The rivers and burns in the country are very much diminished and some of them are dried up.  The Water that supplies the town is become very scanty partly in consequence of the dry season and partly by the mismanagement of the Magistrates  and others who have the Care of the Leaden pipes which bring the water into the town and the Air cocks not being attended to.

A Kind of Music bells have been fixed up in the Tolbooth Steeple, they are worked by the town clock and play a few tunes in a most wretched manner so as to be rather a nuisance than a pleasure to the Citizens, they go by means of a Barrell in imitation of a hand organ, the Expence has been upwards of two hundred pounds altho the bells sixteen  in number were belonging to the town and had been employed for the same purpose formerly but the Town’s matters are at present conducted with neither taste Oeconomy  [sic] or prudence.

26th

Fine weather with rain but rather cold.

29th

Bought a horse for £29.  Animals of that description are at very high prices at present, it is not uncommon to Give upwards of £100 for a pair of Cart or Ploughing hourses.

The Yeoman Cavalry belonging to the County and consisting of three troops came into town for four days to exercise and be inspected.  They have improved much in looks and discipline since they were raised.

Markets are still high although nothing is scarce.

One Cramb Keeps a disorderly house at the bridge, there have been great disturbances in it, to the annoyance of the Neighbourhood and many riots have taken place in it chiefly by the Local Militia.  The Magistrates are not ignorant of it.

July

5th

The Weather wet and the farmers complaining of a bad crop of Hay and bad weather for working it.

The town dull, little trade.

15th

Many Bankruptcies in severall parts of the Country particularly in England and especially in London.

17th

The retiring partners at Cowie at last forced James McNab to pay the first instalment of their shares in the concern amounting each to £460.

18th

Paid Macqueen the Plaisterer £3.6 for Extra plaister work done in the house.  The Weather good and pleasant.

20th

Borrowed £100 sterling from James Robertson at Craigton in order to enable me to pay the Money which I borrowed from Convener Reid when I bought my house from J Dick.

The Roof of the Tower of the Abbey of Cambus Kenneth fell in.  This Abbey was erected or rather rebuilt and amply endowed by David the First, the Kind of Scotland.  The roof was of Oak and remarkably strong.

30th

James arrived from Edinburgh.

There was little worth noticing this month.  The Markets continued high.  The weather inclined to rain but mild and temperate.  Many strangers passing and repassing through the town.

The hay crop is scanty and will be dear or high priced.  In other respects there is a good crop of every species of Grain on the fields.  Agnes Lucas had the Measles.  They were favorable.

August

3rd

Was our fair but the day rained, so that there was very few people came to town.  There was a number of Black Cattle in the  market but only a few  were sold at reduced prices, the show of Horses in the Valley was not considerable and few were disposed of.

The Carters or Whipmen rode through the town with a bagpiper before them.  They had two Flags carried by two of their society, on the first was a shabby representation of the bridge of Stirlign with a horse and Cart passing over it, on the other there was a bad representation of a man with a horse and loaded Cart.  The Inscription was the Stirling Society of Whipmen, they wore sashes of various Colours, with ribbands and roses on their hats and were about 20 in Number.

Great failures in England in the Banking line principally to the amount of severall Millions sterling owing to the Stagnation of Commerce by the Ports on the continent of Europe being shut against us.

Great murmurs and distress among the Manufacturers in Ireland, many thousands being reduced to poverty by trade failing and being given up, there being no vent for our manufacturers at present in Europe, the only market being America and the Spanish West Indies.

Important news is anxiously looked for from our Army in Portugal and also from Cadiz.  In Portugal the French are in very great force.  Our army under Lord Wellington are not strong.  As for Cadiz it is closely besieged by the French but it supposed to be in no danger.

The Danes altho they have no ships of force yet they molest our commerce by their numerous privateers. They lately captured 40 sail of a Convoy composed of ships of different nations bound to Britain.

10th

The weather is soft and rainy.  The Harvest is not yet begun.

Many strangers are passing and repassing through the town on business or parties of Pleasure.

Agnes and Mary Lucas have both got the Chincough, they are as yet in an ordinary way.

Ronald Campbell son of Captn Walter Campbell and a Lieut of the Perthshire Militia paid us a visit.

15ht

The Weather still uncommonly wet, the rain falls in Torrents.  The Harvest will be late.

The First Cattle Tryst held, the shew of Cattle was not great, the prices were not so high as last year.

Tried to Ride on horseback for the first time these four years, or since I had my late disorder.  I found no inconvenience from it.

Insulted  by one Alexander Tovey a writer with James Wright having been employed to visit an old man that had been beat and wounded by Tovey and his brother a Captain in the 24 Regiment my account was called in question and my right and qualification to act as a Surgeon, upon which I gave in a Minute in the Process before the Magistrates complaining of the same and also an interlocutor of Thomas Wrights the Ironmonger and a Baillie which he had issued in a partial Manner in favour of Tovey as being one of the young men in his brother’s writing office.  NB Out town Court ought either to be new modelled or entirely abolished.  John Mackgibbon the town clerk and James Forman a bookseller, with Thomas Wright a hardwareman two of the Baillies have used me very ungenteelly and acted with great partiality against me.

19th

Took a ride round by Bridge Allan without any inconvenience.

28th

Agnes Whitehead had a very severe fit of her stomach complaint.

Many strangers passing through the town on their way to the Trosachs west from Callander.  NB These Trosachs are a very wild romantic part of the country consisting of steep hill frightful glens, precipices and some lakes, in that part of the country called Lochs.

Got up John Reid’s bill for 170 sterling and gave him a bill for £34.14 sterling the rest of it being paid up to him.

The Garden this year had an indifferent good crop.  Greens of all kinds prospered well, the Onions and leeks in a great measure failed, the Crop of Gooseberries was abundant,  some of the Apple Trees were well loaded with Fruit, but the Plumbs and Pears mostly  failed of a Crop; some of the late planted Apple Trees produced a few apples but the cold spring destroyed two of the last planted Fruit trees besides severall shrubs that were planted in front of the house.

September

1st

The weather has been very wet with heavy rains and very much lightning during the night, being commonly after the Twee light and continuing very vivid untill midnight but generally without thunder.  I never perceived so much Lightning in this Climate before at one time and at this season.  It has now continued for three nights successively.  The Harvest is fairly begun, the crop appears to be a good one.

Agnes and Mary’s chincough has become more moderate.

4th

My son James returned to Edinburgh.

The weather very fine.

8th

Planted a Swedish Juniper in the Middle of the flower plot before the Door.

The great Cattle Tryst at Falkirk or rather of Stenhouse Moor held, there was vast numbers of black cattle, Horses and sheep passed through the town.

A vagrant Beggar woman apprehended on suspicion of Stealing a young boy that was in her company.

The Justiciary Judges came into town.  A man somewhat deranged in his mind from near Alloa was tried for stealing money from his master, he was convicted and sentenced to twelve months’ imprisonment.  One Hunter a Coallier was tried for Robbery but acquitted.  A man from Alloa was outlawed.

10th

We sent £58.9.10 to London to Messrs Taylor & Sons to pay for our invoice of Medicines of last January.

Paid my subscription for the Library for this year amounting to Eleven shillings and sixpence.

11th

Sent two small Kipper fishes to Edinburgh one of which was to Mr Lucas the other to James.

The Cattle sold for good prices at the Tryst at Falkirk.

14th

Planted 18 poplar trees on the South side of my orchard in order to Screen it from the South wind.  I paid two shillings per dozen for them.

17th

One Mackgibbon a porter went into a Brewers Cellar and called for a Mutchkin of small beer, which having drunk he fell down and instantly expired.

25th

Our Races began and continued only for two days.  The first days race was well contested, the Second days Race was but indifferent.  The Company were not so numerous as on former years.  The magistrates did not give the £50 as usuall for which various reasons were assigned.  There was about 20 Carriages on the Race ground.  There were Balls at night held in Gibbs Inn.

27th

The Annual Election of Magistrates took place and was conducted quietly.  There was no disputes or caballing as is sometimes customary on these occasions.

The Harvest is well advanced, the crop being nearly cut down in the low country but not much of it has been got into the Barnyard owing to want of wind to dry it.  The farmers have likewise for a very fine season for sowing their what.

Although the crop is good yet the Markets are high especially butchers meat and poultry.

Trade is very much at a stand owing to the French Emperor having found means to shut up the ports of Europe against us.

October

4th

Received a letter from my Uncle Walter in London announcing the death of his wife who died on the 1st Ins. [Instant] agaed 72.  She was a worthy woman.

5th

Wrote my uncle in return.

The Surveyor of Window lights is very severe this year and exacting matters with the utmost rigous.

9th

Went up to Broadside two miles above Denny with Mr Brown St Ninians and Miss Whitehead in order to view that farm previous to Miss Whitehead’s lending him money on it.

The weather fine and dry.  The cutting down of the grain in Denny parish well advanced.

The Black Cattle and sheep sold at high prices at the Tryst of Falkirk, but there was not much sale among Horses, however the price of Horses were Keep up so that any that were sold went off at high prices.

12th

Wrote my son James in Edinburgh and sent him by Masons Fly a box containing a little butter, a few eggs and some cheese and a small Mutton ham.

16th

Dug the Potatoes, this crop was not so plentifull as it was the last year but they appeared to be of a good quality.  Potatoes at present are selling at six shillings per boll, the old Measure.  The weather still continuing to be dry with little wind however, whereby the farmers have not as yet got in their Crop especially the Pease and Beans.

19th

The weather changed to cold, rain and wind.  There is very much of the Crop still in the fields especially Beans and Pease.

James’s Trunk came from Edinburgh with his linen etc.

A Potatoe of the White round Kind that was dug up in the Grounds of Mr McGibbon at Newhouse weighed three pounds one ounce and a half Avoirdupois weight.

21st

Planted twenty Gooseberry bushes being a new row across the garden adjacent to the west Garden wall.

Lord Wellington gave the French a severe check at Basaio in Portugal.  He was attacked by very superior numbers.  The British and Portugese repelled them with the Bayonet.  The French left 2000 dead on the field of Battle.  The Loss of the British and Portugese was trifling not exceeding three hundred in Killed and seven hundred wounded, Whilst the wounded on the side of our enemies exceeded severall thousands.  We only took 250 prisoners – but among that small number were some officers of distinction – however after this battle Lord Wellington found it necessary to retreat to Coimbra.

In the Month of June last attended Wm [William] McAitken an old man of age who had been severely beat and bruised by Alexr [Alexander] Tovey and [blank] Tovey his brother.  The Account amounted to £1.8.4.  The Toveys by agreement were to pay all expences, they being prosecuted for the Assault, but refusing to pay my account and reflecting on my person character as a Surgeon, it was judged necessary to give in a Minute in order to have their conduct censured as I was not a party in the Action raised against them.  Thomas Wright however refused to do it (he being Sitting Baillie at that time) and even ordered the Account to be reduced to eighteen shillings and sixpence, upon which a minute was given in complaining of that sentence.  However James Forman another Baillie confirmed Wright’s sentence with insult of a particular kind and a Meeting of the Provost and four Baillies being held on the 19th of October the Sentence of Wright was confirmed without taking any notice of the very Scurrilous language of the Toveys held forth in their papers.  THOMAS LITTLEJOHN the Provost, THOMAS WRIGHT, JAMES FORMAN, ROBERT GILLIES and JOHN THOMSON Baillies all signed the Sentence.  Mr Gillies however  acted honestly and Honourably by not concurring in this unjust proceeding.  I have therefore good reason to look upon Littlejohn, Wright and Forman to be most unjustly my Enemies.  As for John Thomson I am not sure how he acted in this most villainous and unjust affair.

NB I never injured or insulted either by word or deed any of the Above mentioned persons.  The grounds of their Enmity to me is only Known to themselves.

25th

Planted thirty eight White and red Currant bushes in the little area at the North East Corner of the house.

29th

Planted one Grayfriars pippen and one Gine [Gean – wild cherry]in the Orchard.  The latter part of this month was fine cold dry weather so as to enable the farmers to get into their Barnyards the remainder of the Crop in good condition.

The Crop this year is an abundant one.

Severall Counties have petitioned Government for permission to distill Spirits from Grain, but the City of Glasgow, the Towns of Paisley and Dumbarton with some of the Northern Counties have petitioned the Legislature to continue the prohibition from Grain.

November

21 Oct - 7 Nov 1810 diary entries, including an ink smear perhaps indicating Dr Lucas's anger at his treatment over the 'Toveys' incident.

21 Oct – 7 Nov 1810 diary entries, including an ink smear perhaps indicating Dr Lucas’s anger at his treatment over the ‘Toveys’ incident.

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4th

Wrote my son James at Edinburgh.

7th

Miss Whitehead went to Glasgow.

The Fair of Down for Black cattle, Sheep and some Horses.  NB This fair was once held on the south field at Stirling but was removed to Down in consequence of the Heavy Customs exacted by our Magistrates.  It continues for three days and is of great advantage to Down.  Black Cattle have sold well but not at such high prices as at the Tryst of Falkirk.

9th

Wrote my son James at Edinburgh relative to severall matters.

Planted four Apple Trees which I got from William Drummond Nurseryman at Birkhill.

10th

Miss Whitehead, her mother and sister Willie with McNab McFarlane & Co have got a sentence of the head Sherrif for another instalment of their Shares of the Cowie distilling Company amounting to £468.13.0¾ Sterling each.

The KING has been afflicted with Insanity for three Weeks past, which was concealed but could no longer  be keept Quiet or Secret.  The Parliament met and adjourned for three weeks untill it should be perceived what turn his complaint was likely to take.  ‘Tis supposed that the Prince of Wales will be declared REGENT.

The Princess AMELIA, the King’s 6th daughter died of a Wasting Complaint, said to have been a Cancer in her cheek, under which she has laboured upwards of two years.  She was 28 years of age.

12th

Got out Shop Window broken by George Donaldson’s son the Confectioner.  A wright Shop belonging to one Gourlay took fire by a Spark communicating to some shavings, by which the whole Building was half consumed.  Notwithstanding the Magistrates and the Water engines attended but the flames were prevented from communicating with the contiguous buildings.  This is the third time within 35 years that this house has been burnt.

13th

Paid my two servants their wages amounting to £5.10 for one half year.  Paid one half year’s milk at £3 at the rate of one pint per day.

17th

Gave Thomas Traquair 21 pounds sterling.

23rd

Returned James’s Trunk with his linen with some other little Articles in it.

Bankruptcies have become frequent to a very alarming degree throughout the whole of the United Kingdom owing to the Stagnation of Commerce, by the Ports of the Continent of Europe being shut against us by the influence of the French Emperor.

The King is not yet recovered, tis imagined that a recency must take place.

A Storm of Frost and Snow came on during the latter part of the month.  Markets still very high excepting the Oatmeal.  This article is fallen to 45 shillings the Load and is expected that it will fall still lower.

December

5th

The Storm still continues.  The weather is very cold and pircing [piercing].

10th

Built up five windows on account of the severity of levying the Window Tax, there being a new Surveyor who is very rigorous in his surveys.

13th

Mr John Wardrop from Glagow came here.  He has made proposals for marrying my daughter Jane, which he wishes to take place in the spring or about the Whitsunday term.

A Thaw commenced.

18th

News of an unpleasant nature arrived from the Cape of Good Hope announcing that we had lost three fine frigates in an attack on some French ships in a harbour in the Isle of France on the coast of Africa.

The Parliament hasn’t  met again, the King is not recovered, ‘tis supposed that a regent must be appointed.

Removed my Library from the small room off the Parlour upstairs to a small room off the Drawing Room in front of the house on account of Dampness and also on account of closing up the window occasioned by the heavy Window Tax.

25th

The weather exceedingly stormy.

Sent my brother seven guineas as his annual rent due at last Martimas,  it was sent enclosed in a letter by James Ker at Cambus who drives the Cambus Whiskey to this and other places.

A severe storm of Frost and Snow to the end of the Month.

The Markets are on the decline especially for all kinds of Grain but butchers meat is not below 7p per lib.  Meal however is at 20/- per Boll.  Great complaints for want of Trade as the French Emperor has induced the Kingdoms and States of Europe to prohibit, confiscate and even to burn all good of British Manufacture.  He has even compelled Sweden to declare war against us.  Our Army in Portugal is forced to act on the defensive being so greatly outnumbered by the Enemy.  The Siege of Cadiz is still going on but not with vigour.  The Garrison consists of six Thousand British troops and ten Thousand Spanish.  The Spaniards still make head against the French in many parts of Spain but the Country is nearly subdued.

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