1812

1812

January 1812

 

2          The Storm began again with intense frost and some snow.

 

3          Rouped my brother’s furniture at Cambus, after paying the auctioneer King’s duty and other expences the sale produced £4.3 sterling. Many articles were amissing and could not be accounted for.

 

5          The Abbey boat was stopped by the river being frozen.

Robberies and murders very frequent both in England and Scotland.

The Comet has disappeared to the naked eye.

 

7          Gave my brother’s Will to the Sherrif Clerk to get it recorded.

 

11        Attended a MEETING of CREDITORS Willison late of Garvald, my claim amounts to £14.5.10 with Intrest since November 16 1795. I suppose that I will never recover any part of it.

 

14        Gave William 7/6 to pay his new years gift to the Schoolmasters of St Ninians.

Paid £8 sterling for a Stamp for an Inventory of my brother’s effects.

 

16        Paid One pound nine Shillings to the Comisary as his dues for confirming my brother’s will.

O’Kain an Irishman who robbed Stewart the Drover when Menzies and Anderson were hanged here is condemned to be hanged here on the 21 of next month.

The Weather Cold with partial thaws.

 

19        Wrote Mr and Mrs McNaughton at London per G McKillop.

After a partial Thaw of two days the Storm recommenced. There is little Snow but, the Frost is very intense.

 

22        George McKillop left Stirling on his journey to the East Indies.

 

25        Very hard frost with a fall of Snow. The weather very cold.

 

25        The British Navy this winter has suffered much from Shipwrecks. Three Sail of the Line, Viz. the St George of 90 Guns Amiral (sic) Reynolds. The Defence of 74 Guns were lost on the Coast of Jutland every soul perished except 18 men. The Hero 74 Guns with the Grasshopper Sloop and a Gunbrig were lost of the Texel. The Crew of the Hero were all lost. These Ships were returning from the Baltic and belonged to the Squadron under Sir James Sumarez who had been in that Sea during the Summer and harvest of the year 1811.

 

27        Rain and Sleet with a high wind.

A Sloop belonging to Throsk loaded with Tiles with a man belonging to this town called Nicol Wright and a boy belonging to Causeyhead were lost of the Ely in Fife in a heavy Gale of wind. The vessell Foundered in sight of the place to which she was bound.

The whole of this month was either frost with some snow or else rain and Sleet with high winds.

The Markets still high, altho the distillers were prohibited from distilling from Grain. Potatoes in particular were as high as twenty shillings per boll and other articles in proportion

A Great Scarcity of money also prevailed.

February 1812

 

2          Gave twenty five shillings to the Masters of the Grammar School for William and Walter and Agnes to Mr McLaurin the teacher of English.

Was invited to dine at James Mcnies. Went but when I saw the company I came away without dining, there being some very indifferent people present.

 

6          A Fast day appointed by Royal authority, the churches were very badly attended.

 

 

11        James’s Trunk came from Edinburgh with his cloaths to get washed.

Heavy rains. The Hedges beginning to bud. Two Jargonell pear trees on the Garden Wall have bursted their budds. The Gooseberry Bushes also have begun to vegetate considerably.

Disturbances are apprehended to take place in Glasgow by the Journeymen weavers on account of the lowness of their wages. Troops are marching to that City from different parts in order to be at hand if it is found necessary to have recourse to force to keep them in proper subordination.

 

14        Stormy weather with Snow Showers.

 

21        0’Kane an Irishman was hanged here for Robbing Archibald Stewart a highland Drover 19 weeks ago the day on which Menzies and Anderson were executed in this town. He was attended at his execution by Mr Henry an Independent Minister of this town and a Popish priest from Crief. None of the Established Clergy it seems choosed to assist him.

High winds with rain at times.

At 0’Kanes execution the four Baillies attended with White Gloves and white rods in their hands. This Custom was never observed before in this town on any similar Occasion.

3 Officers and 80 Veterans from Dunbarton Castle came and were quartered in the Castle.

 

28        Planted 1 pound of Early Charlton pease, 1 pound of Marrowfat Dittos, 1¼ lb of Long podded Windsor Beans.

The Weather was rather cold and the Ground not so dry as could have been wished. The weather has been very variable and stormy this month. The winds were very high, the rains were very heavy, the Frosts were frequent but did not continue long and Markets were rather high.

No news of importance excepting some shipwrecks, particularly two frigates one in the Bay of Biscay and the other off the mouth of the Texel. The Crews were nearly all saved. Ciudad Roderigo in Spain was taken by Storm by our troops. We lost some hundreds of men among whom were severall very brave officers. We are also supposed to be on the eve of a war with America, as these Yankies prefer the French to us on every occasion and are it would appear very keen to get us ruined if they possibly can get it brought about.


March 1812

 

1          Severall restrictions that were laid on the Prince of Wales as prince regent having expired, he has begun to confer Titles and give places to severall of his favorites, but his old faithfull friends who ruined themselves in their fortunes in order to serve him have not yet been taken much notice of.

 

3          A heavy fall of Snow which melted mostly as it fell.

 

7          Some Farms belonging to Cowanes hospital were let for 19 years by public roup in the Council Room by the Magistrates. One at the Abbey consisting of 40 acres was let to George Adam for five punds twelve shillings and sixpence per acre. Another called the Craig Mill Farm was let to Dougal and Anderson Butchers at four pounds five shillings an acre including a piece of the hill called Abbey Craig. Two others in Taylortown were also let at very high rents. All these farms were mostly let to new incomers (excepting Dougal and Anderson) and fetched more than double the old rents.

Some few Beans sown, something is also done in the gardens but the weather is too cold and Variable to get much done.

James Dewar’s wife at the Abbey died of a Dropsical complaint. We wished to inspect her body, her husband consented, but after­wards refused unless we would pay him for liberty to do it, by discharging his account. This sordid offer we declined.

 

11        Sowed 4 Oz Onion Seed, one half Dutch the other half English. Sowed at the same time 4 Oz Leek, one half of which was English the other half was Scottish.

 

13        Planted a peck of Early potatoes. A Storm of snow with frost came in iminediatel~ afterwards.

17        A. Storm of Frost and Snow. The Weather exceedingly cold and severe.

One John Miller has taken the Town’s fishing on the Forth. He has got very few Salmon as yet and altho they sell at 3 sh. per lib he will be a very great loser by his bargain.

21        The Mail Coach and Masons Fly were stopt at Winchbruch the roads being impassable on account of the Snow, a thing not usuall at this time of the year.

 

22        Wrote My Uncle, Mr and Mrs McNaughton at London per a son of Charles Rattray at Bannockburn who is going to London.

23        The Storm still continues, but excepting on the hills and high grounds, the Snow commonly melts as it falls.

Sent a small box to Edinburgh to James containing some butter Cheese and Eggs.

27        Sent 12 pounds Sterling to Edinburgh to James in order to enable him to pay off some little articles he wanted.

Another heavy fall of Snow which mostly melted as it came in contact with the earth, but the weather is still cold.

The whole of the month of March has been very cold weather with High winds chiefly at North, North East, North West, and at times very severe hard frost with cold piercing Storms of Snow. Vegetation is entirely at a stand and much hurt. The Markets are advancing. Meal is at present from 28 to 50 shillings per boll and other Articles in proportion.

 

April 1812

 

1          A fall of Snow which melted as it fell but the weather is very cold and the hills all round the town are covered with snow.

 

4          James returned from Edinburgh in tolerable good health.

 

6          The Weather very bad with rain and Sleet.

 

9          Planted another Peck early Potatoes.

 

11        Planted 500 Green plants, viz 100 Early Cabbages, 200 Savoys,

200 German Greens. Sowed also 1 oz onion and 1 oz Leek seed. The weather dry and cold with frost at times during the night and Snow on all the hills round about the Town with little or no signs of Vegetation, and the markets still on the rise especially bread and oatmeal.

 

13        Planted late potatoes, the Ground seemed to be in an excellent Condition.

 

18        Mr Maconnochie, Lord Meadowbank came here to hold the Justiciarv Court. He was attended by Messrs McDonald and Moncrief, the Sherrifs Depute of Stirling and Clackmannan Shires. Our Magistrates and Town Council went out in Chaises as far as the Plean to meet him, where they had a Guzzle according to Ancient Custom in a public house, untill his Lordship arrived, upon which they attended him to town and were ushered in with the ringing of the bells etc.

 

19        John Ferguson Alias Heather Jock was tried for Stealing Cattle and sentenced to transportation for Life. Two men were also tried for deforcing a party of soldiers who were conducting a French prisoner of war to Edinburgh. They were sentenced to two months imprisonment each, in the Jail of this City.

The weather fine but frost in the mornings.

20        One Grinlay a horse Stealer was sentenced to 14 years Banishment. There was no other business came before the Court.

Planted the last of the Potatoes.

 

23        The Snow still on the Hills round about the Town with Ice every morning on the ponds.

Serious disturbances in severall parts of England on account of the dearnes of provisions and the want of work. Three people executed at Edinburgh on the 22 for Robbery and Murder on last new years day morning.

 

 

25        A Storm of Snow from the North East. It did not ly on the low grounds but all the Hills were covered with it.

 

26        A Storm of Snow still continues.

27        News arrived of the taking by storm the City of Badajos in Spain. The British lost on that occasion 580 men killed. The Wounded amounted to nearly 2000.

The weather has continued extremely cold and disagreeable the whole of this month.

Vegetation is quite at a stand. The Markets are very high. Beef 8d, Quartern Loaf 1/6, the Household 1/2. The Meal £3.13 the load and everything else in proportion. Numerous mobs in different parts chiefly in England occasioned by the Want of Employment for the Manufacturers and the high price of Provision. However the labour of the fields is much advanced, a great part of the Barley has been sowen. Snow is still on all the tops of the hills round the Town.

 

 

May 1812

 

2          Sowed yellow and. white Turnips.

A Considerable rain but the weather is still cold and the wind at NW or NE.

 

3          The Kirk Sacrament was held. On Wednesday was what is erroneously called a fast consisting of severall prayers, psalms sung, two sermons from 10 am to 4 pm, on Saturday 5 hours preaching and praying, on Sunday preaching and praying and Serving of Tables from 10 am to j past nine at night. Both churches employed five ministers employed by turns. On Monday preaching, psalm singing and praying from ½ past ten am untill 3 pm. The Attendance not great excepting on Sabbath night when great crowds of the townspeople went out of Curiosity.

 

5          A heavy fall of Snow which melted mostly as it fell. Water very scarce in the town owing to the leaden pipes not being sufficient that brings it into the town and also to the Magistrates not paying proper attention to keeping them in repair.

Swallows first seen for the season but the Cuckoo has not yet been heard in this neighbourhood. –

Roups or sales of Furniture have of late become very frequent owing to Bankruptcies or people having died.

Severall Flags of Truce have lately come over from France to England, but their Object has been keept secret.

 

7          Fine mild weather with showers of Rain, with the wind at 5, and SW and W.

 

14        Spencer Percival shot in the lobby of the house of Commons by a Mr Bellinghaim. Percivall was Chancellor of the Exchequer or prime minister and Bellingham was a Broker or Merchant at Liverpool.

 

18        The Riots in the North of England still continues. Severall attempts to assassinate have been made with some fatal success and many houses and Manufactorys have been burnt or destroyed. Had a letter from London. My uncle manifests no disposition to come to reside in Scotland.

 

19        Jane Lucas, daughter of Robert Lucas of Edinburgh came to live with us.

The Officers of the 70th Regiment very disorderly and riotous, by disturbing the inhabitants during the night by howling, Halooing and making noises on the streets during the night. The Magistrates at length took notice of it and complained of their conduct to the commanding officer.

 

22        Fine mild weather again but the Snow is still to be seen on the highland hills.

Bellingham who shot Percival is hanged at Newgate in London and his body given for Dissection.

 

26        The Ministry have all Resigned their places in consequence of being outvoted in the house of Commons but it is not expected that the nation will be much benefited by the Change, as without a radical Reform of Abuses and Corruptions that have got into every department of the State no sett of men Can do much good. The Eastern Battalion of the Stirling Local Militia came into Town on permanent duty.

 

Mild rainey weather. The crop looks well especially the Wheat, Beans and oats.

Only one new house building this summer and very few old houses are getting repaired.

 

28        Paid Agnes Kerr my half sister £15 sterling being her Legacy left her by my brother’s will.

The first part of this month the weather was cold but two thirds of it have been remarkably mild with much rain. Vegetation has been rapidly advance and there is plenty of Grass for feeding Cattle, however markets are still high Beef and Mutton being from 9d to 10 pence per lib. Meal £3.12 per Load Butter 18d to 20d per lily and other Articles in proportion.

June 1812

 

1          Began to cut Grass in the Garden for our horse.

 

4          There were no public rejoicings (as ‘tis called) this year on account of the King’s birthday whereby much was saved in the Smuggle of drinking in former years in the Council Room, not less than £60 to 80 sterling was annually wasted, not in treating a genteel company but generally the mo (sic) worthless low characters in the town. The Guns from the Castle were fired as usuall and the Skeleton of the 70 Regiment fired three Vollies of Musketry.

The weather at times remarakably fine, with the appearance of a fine crop.

 

9          No new Ministry are as yet appointed, it appears that the prince Regent does not possess sufficient influence among the great men of the nation to get a proper sett of them to accept of places in his Cabinet.

 

Wrote Mr McNaughton at London relative to the payment of a third installment in the Cowie business that amounts to £411 Sterling and sent him the Sherrif Clerk’s report on that subject. The Stirling Shire Yeomanry Cavalry consisting of three troops came into town for two days in order to exercise and to be inspected.

 

10        A very strong Gale of wind came on at W by N which continued eight hours and did considerable harm to the Garden by breaking the bushes and Branches of the Trees besides loosing severall of them at the roots.

The last local Stirling Militia left the town, they have beheaved tolerably well during the time they were in quarters and were esteemed a fine body of men and went through the Manoeuvres with Spirit.

Paid John Balfour, Wright and Cabinet Maker £37.17 for furniture, gave him also ten shillings and sixpence for going to Cowie and taking an inventory.

The West Stirlingshire Local Militia came into town to be on permanent Duty for 14 days.

 

13        A strong drought for 8 days past with high winds at NW and W by N which has done considerable damage but it has been succeeded with a fall of rain and mild weather.

Vermin have done much damage to the gardens particularly a very small Insect which has destroyed the Budds blossoms and leaves of the Apple and pear trees.

Planted or rather sowed Yellow Turnips.

A Sort of ministry formed of which the Earl of Liverpool is prime Minister and first Lord of the Treasury and one Mr Vansittart is Chancellor of the Exchequer.

 

20        The Weather is rather wet with high winds at times and somewhat cold but vegetation is rapid.

 

25        The West Local Militia (Hamilton of Bardowie Colonel) having completed their fourteen days of exercise went home. They were neither equal in Looks size or in expertness of their exercise as the Eastern regiment were nor was their beheaviour commendable, they were of a mutinous turbulent disposition. One man was disgracefully turned out of the Corps for bad beheaviour. Dreadful earthquakes at the Island of St Vincent in the West Indies..

 

28        William left the Grammar School.

The Skeleton of the 70th Regiment arrived at the Castle and joined the new raised parties. They consist of about 400 in all the Skeleton did not exceed 50 in number.

 

29        William began to translate the Latin Pharmacopiesa. The Markets still continue high. Meal is £1.16.6 per load.

Beef from 9d to 10d per lib. Lamb of 5 lib the Quarter is from four to four and sixpence, Butter 1/6 per lib, Eggs 10d per dozen. The Quartern loaf household is 1/4½ and other things in proportion, but there is a prospect of a plentifull crop of all kinds of Grain.

 July 1812

 

7          The weather continues variable, generally with showers of rain and often high winds. The hay is not yet cut down. Whilelmina Whitehead’s furniture was sent of to Glasgow previous to her marriage to Robert Leckie. It consisted of severall Valuable articles, saved from the wreck of the affair at Cowie and fully loaded a Cart.

 

11        The farmers busily employed about hay harvest. The weather mild and dry.

Gave Miss Whilelmina £10.11.6 Sterling on a bill payable one day after date and leaving intrest untill paid.

A very heavy Gale of wind at W. which has damaged the Garden considerably by breaking the Currant and Goosebery bushes. Mr Leckie Arrived from Glasgow with a Mr Buchanan in his Company.

 

13        Whilelmina Whitehead was married to Robert Leckie Spirit dealer, Glasgow. Dined at my house and departed for Glasgow the same day 4 o’clock PM.

 

17        The Russians and French about to commence hostilities on the confines of Russia in Poland because the Russians will not exclude trade, from their Ports.

 

18        A heavy rain, the weather mild and warm.

Markets still high. Wheat at Haddington average price as high as £327.10 per boll.

 

24        The weather wet. New potatoes at three shillings the Peck.

News arrived that the Americans had actually declared war against this country.

 

28        Went to the Castlehill with Baillie Dalgleish, and John Murray the Dean of Guild, to inspect the road at the back of my garden wall. Found John Buchans Servant man, with a horse and a Cart removing the Stones from the foot of my garden wall that had been put there to defend the wall from Injuries. Received much abusive language from John Buchan.

 

29        Very rainy weather.

 

 

August 1812

 

1          Began to digg early potatoes. They turned out indifferently well.

 

3          The weather wet with much Thunder.

The American declaration of war arrived in this country. It breaths a very hostile spirit against Britain and is totally silent with regard to the insults which they daily receive from the French.

No Oatmeal for this week past to be had for money in Stirling, which is a very extraordinary circumstance but new potatoes are selling at fourteen pence the Peck.

 

4          The Grammar School Vacation. The boys went through their Lessons tolerably well.

All my sons, Viz James, William and Walter have now finished their Grammar School Education.

 

9          Fine dry warm weather.

A treaty of peace concluded betwixt Great Britain, Swedden and Russia.

The Crop looks well but the harvest will be rather late.

 

10        The Grass in the garden keept our horse this year, from the first of June untill the tenth day of August.

 

11        The 72 Regiment passed through this town , a small detachment from the north for Glasgow. This regiment is not full, it scarcely consists of 300 men.

Left off giving the Horse Grass after being supplied with it out of the Garden for 71 days.

 

12        A Royal Salute of 21 Guns was fired from the Castle it being the Prince Regent’s birthday.

The first tryst for the Season at Stanners Moor. Fat cattle sold Readily, lean cattle were sold at reduced prices there being little demand for beasts of that description.

The Wife of one Moor Minister at Lecropt cut her Throat with a razor. She died in a few days afterwards.

 

16        A very heavy rain, the wind at SE.

 

17        Robert Lucas and his two sons came from Edinburgh.

 

19        He went to Ardoch to see some of his friends and returned to my house on the evening of this Monday.

Wheat sold at Haddington for £4.2.6  9/12 per boll.

The Magistrates commissioned 100 bolls of Oatmeal to be sold in small quantities at prime cost.

The Quartern loaf is sold at present for 1/7 per loaf and is to be augmented in price immediately. The Necessaries of Life are as high as they were during the famine in 1800. The only reasonable article of Food at present is potatoes. They are selling at 1/2 per Peck, 28 lib to the Peck.

 

20        Robert Lucas and his two sons returned to Edinburgh.

A gazette published giving an account of a Splendid Victory over the French at Tormes near Salamanca in Spain by Earl Wellington, 20,000 of Whom are Killed or Wounded and prisoners. The loss on our side amounts to 3000 killed and wounded. This Battle took place on the 21 of last month. .

Gave £3.1 to James.

Mobs and Riots have taken place at Edinburgh and Glasgow on account of the scarcity of Meal and bread, but tranquillity was restored at both places without bloodshed. Oatmeal is sold at Edinburgh at 3/4 per peck which is £5.12 per load.

 

23        The Americans not disposed for peace with us although we have revoked our orders in council relative to Blockading the Ports of France against their Merchant Ships.

 

27        Wheat as high as £4.5 per boll. Oats at £2.12.6 Ditto. Barley at £3.3 Ditto. Butter 1/6 Quartern Loaf 1/8. Beef 7d to 8d. Mutton 7d to ad. Potatoes 10d per peck. Little or rather no Oatmeal to be had.

 

31        Fine weather and the Harvest advancing but everything high priced particularly the necessaries of life.

September 1812

 

1          Went to Glasgow with my wife and Jane by the Kilsyth road, Lodged with Mr Leckie and was kindly received and much attention paid to us particularly by Mr Leckie and his wife, Mr George Buchanan and family No 55 Candlerigs, Mrs Watson and family,, Mr John Buchanan of Stirling and Gordons house, Mr Robert Stupart etc. Visited the University Hunters Museum, the Observatory etc etc etc and returned by the Canal boat on the 4th.

 

7          The Second Tryst at Stenhouse Muir. The black cattle were not so numerous as in former years but the Sheep were at least of equal number to what they had been in former seasons.

The Marquis Wellington entered Madrid with the British Army where he found a considerable number of Canon and Military Stores, and made 2000 prisoners. When the News reached Stirling the Bells were set a ringing, and other demonstrations of Joy took place.

 

8          The weather very wet and the Cattle at the Tryst did not sell well, the Market was rather indifferent.

 

12        Wheat at £9.12 per quarter or £4.16 per boll at Haddinton market.

The Harvest is become general in this neighbourhood.

The French raise the Siege of Cadiz and retreat with precipitation leaving their Cannon and a great Quantity of Military Stores behind them.

 

17        The weather continues fine and the Harvest is fast advancing, but the markets still Keep very high. The Market for Corn not brisk, prices declined considerably especially barley, and potatoes are selling at 6 per peck heavy weight, so that the famine that hath so much distressed the Kingdom begins to abate.

 

20        The price of Grain has. fallen at Edinburgh and other parts in the Last, the Price of grain is also on the decline in England.

 

22        Our races commenced, the company was not numerous. There was one race for 50 pounds which was contested by two horses and won by Lord Montgomeries horse. There was also two Hack races but they afforded no sport.

The day being also the anniversary of the King’s Coronation 11 Guns were fired from the Castle. There was a ball and supper in the Evening but none of the Ladies or Gentlemen of the Town attended it.

 

25        The Election of a Dean of Guild took place. James McEwan was chosen without opposition. It appears that there will be little canvassing for places in the Council this year.

The Races this afternoon were rather indifferent. There was only two horses, the same that ran yesterday. Lord Montgomery’s horse was the winner, there were also two Hack races but they were not keenly contested. There was a ball in the Evening but there was only a small company. On the whole the races this year were rather indifferent and continued only for two days. After the races the Gold Ring given by the Guildry of Stirling was rode for and won by James Johnston Maltster in Stirling.

 

24        Snow on the west highland hills for the first time this Season. The Mornings and evening rather cold.

Our Magistrates chosen with little din. There was a rather back­wardness in some to assume the Office of Baillie. It has been remarked that the more respectable Freemen Inhabitants of the town do not wish to be in the Magistracy.

 

26        Wrote Mr McNaughton at London relative to Cuthils bond being paid up at Martinmas first by Mr Fletcher the Minister. Fine weather to the End of the month, but the harvest was not well advanced owing to the Oats and beans not being ripe, and altho the prices of Grain markets had declined considerably yet the were still too high.

 

October 1812

 

1          The Justiciary judges came into town last from Inverary, there was no Criminal business to come before them.

 

5          The Parliament disolved, a canvas is begun throughout the Kingdom of Great Brian and Ireland. General Campbell of Monzie, our member, gave a dinner and a debauch to our magistrates and town councill. Severall got very Drunk among whom was the Generall himself who at last fell of his Chair. There is no opposition to him here as yet.

 

6          Great floods in the river occasioned by heavy rains. Some people had part of their corns carried down the rivers in consequence of the speats or land floods in them.

 

9          Very heavy rain continues, which has obstructed the harvest very much and damaged the Crop.

 

12        The Cattle Tryst or Cattle Market was held at Stenhouse Moor near Falkirk. There are three of these Markets each harvest, they continue for two or three days at a time. Black Cattle Horses and Sheep are sold at them. The Black Cattle amount to many thousands at a time. From 12000 to 15000 have passed the bridge of Stirling at one market.

 

14        The Beans and Oats beginning to chip and grown in the fields on account of the heavy rains and warm weather. The Tryst at Stenhouse Moor turned our indifferently well. Sheep were rather dull of sale but the black Cattle fetched middling prices. Began to lift the Potatoes. They appear to be an excellent crop. The weather enclines still to rain.

 

17        Got up all the Potatoes, they turned out a good crop. Received a letter from Malcolm NcNaughton London acquainting us that he has got a Son on the 14th Instant and that both mother and child were in a good way.

 

19        The River was swelled with the heavy rains and, a high tide being at the same time some of the fields were overflowed particularly a field of Beans at the Hood farm, but they were mostly saved from being sweept away.

There has been at last a keen opposition to General Campbell by a General Maitland Governor of Ceylon. Parties were nearly Balanced at one time but the party of G Campbell it appears are likely to prevail.

 

22        Two of our deacons have gone away out of town, Viz Stirling the Taylor and Christie the Shoemaker both in Campbell’s Intrest, they being affraid that Maitland’s friends would carry them off by force and prevent their voting for Campbell.

The weather very wet and windy. Gave £5.5 to my son James.

Went to Edinburgh with my son William and my daughter Isabell and Mr Robert Lucas’s daughter Jean. Took out tickets for the Anatomy and Surgery, the Materia Medica and Chemistry classes for William under Doctors Barclay Hopes Home. The proffessors Tickets are now four pounds and six shillings each instead of three Guineas as they were formerly. William is to stay in Robert Lucas’s.

 

31        Returned from Edinburgh. Left Isabell for a few weeks in Edinburgh with Mr Lucas’s family.

The crop mostly got into the barnyards on the road from Edinburgh but the markets still continue to be high. General Campbell of Monzie was Elected our representative in Parliament.

The whole of this month was wet boisterous weather, which retarded the getting in of the Crop very considerably, and keept the Markets up, but after all the farmers have got everything into the barnyards excepting some of the Beans and Pease.

 

 

November 1812

 

7          The weather has been dry with frost and wind which has enabled the farmers to get in the remainder of the Crop.

A Race in the Kings Park rode by three officers of the 70 Regiment. It was well contested. The Spectators were not a few. There was also a foot race between two of the officers which afforded excellent sport as one of the runners carried another on his back and at the same time won the race.

 

8          A Letter from Mr McNaughton from Glasgow last from London via Liverpool.

 

14        The Burgers (old and new light) and the Antiburgers held Sacraments.

The weather very wet and disagreeable.

 

18        The weather cleared up to frost.

Planted 40 Apple Trees in the Orchard.

 

19        The frost continued hard with hoar frost for four days, at which time a thaw came on.

Mr McNaughton came from Glasgow, he went back to Glasgow on the 21 his mother who lives there being dangersouly ill of a fever.

 

24 .      Sent four Guineas to Edinburgh to William to enable him to attend Dr Barclay’s second Anatomical Class and to buy some books that he wanted.

Gave James £25 sterling in order to enable him to pass for procurator.

The remaider of this month was variable weather but on the whole was moderate weather. The Markets were rather on the encrease and very high.

 

 

December 1812

 

1          The Cotton weavers refused to work unless their wages were augmented. The Masters refused to augment them on account of their want of trade. A good Weaver can at this time earn from 12 to 15 shillings per week.

 

5          Hard frost but the weather altho cold is fine.

 

8          The weavers are beginning to ask for work having found their mistake.

The Storm continues very intense.

 

13        The Storm still continues. Water freezes in Bed Chambers.

The Forth is completely frozen over in many places.

Mr McNaughton went to London from Glasgow.

 

17        A cold thaw commenced with very high winds at N East and East and very cold.

 

21        The 3 Troops of the Stirling Shire Yeomanry Cavalry came into town for 5 days. Major Murray of Polmaise the Commanding Officer was presented with a Silver Tureen Value 90 Guineas and the Serjant Major got a Sabre Value 10 pounds.

 

23        The Cavalry got a supper in Masons Inn from their Commander Major Murray (sic).

 

28        Being St John’s Night, the Masons of the Stirling Kilwinning lodge Walked through the streets at 8 o’clock at night with Torchlight. They had the Band of music of the 70 Regiment who played the Tune of the free and Accepted Mason to them, there were no riots.

 

27        One George Brown a Lawyer in St Ninians dropt down dead in his own house. He did much busines in discounting bills and was a very fat man.

Fresh weather with heavy gales of wind at South west.

Bonapart the French Emperor who invaded Russia with an immense Empire is driven out of Russia by the Russians and the severity of the Climate and having left the wreck of his Army in Poland he got safe back to France.

 

This year ended with few events worth recording. The forepart of it the land was afflicted with a severe famine, the necessaries of life were enormously high, the Crop was not a bad one was got in with great difficulty, but the Markets still were high.

The Quartern loaf just now is 1/6. Beef  8d Eggs 1/2 Butter 1/8 Meal 2/2 per peck, with all other things in proportion. Taxes are exacted with rigour and are very high. The War still continues to the enormous expense of Blood and Treasure to this nation.

Our army in Spain are not able to atchieve any thing owing to the Apathy of the Spaniards.

The Severity of the Winter has enabled the Russians to drive immense armies of Frenchmen out of their Country. Our hostilities with America have been disastrous by sea, but we have been fortunate hither by land on the Canada side.

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