January 1817

1 The Streets were not much infested with disorderly drunk persons, there were however a few Bruising matches as usually and young people with Buns, and a bottle of Spirits went about as usuall to be (as ‘tis termed) first foots to their friends and neighbours.

5 The weather very cold and stormy with rain, hail, Snow and Sleet accompanied with high winds.
One Moody an honorary DD of the University of Glasgow and Parish Minister at Clackmanan was brought to Jail here for debt. He was a most worthless character, no body pitied him, he had turned farmer and used every art to cozen and cheat people, which his proffession of a Clergyman enabled him to do to a great amount among the Silly and ignorant.

9 Wrote – Bell to come home from Glasgow.

11 The Weather is dark and uncomfortable.
The Newspaper or reading room was removed to the new rooms at the Corn Market.
The Stirling Subscrption Library was also removed to the upper story of the New Buildings at the Cornmarket. Seven Shillings and sixpence was levied on each Subscriber in order to furnish it with Shelf s and other necessary articles.
Bell rerurned from Glasgow by the Canal boat and a Caravan, left her sister and friends all well.

17 Mary Whitehead Craigs was brought to bed of a bastard child, she gave David Hay as the father who refused it.

18 Sent William my small Atlas to Edinburgh.
Cattarhs and Coughs very prevalent.

22 Several Children who were VACCINATED have been seized with the small box (sic) and two or more have died.

25 About 2000 people assembled in the Kingspark in order to adopt measures to petition parliament for a reform of Griveances and abuses that have crept into the Government, such as the increases of useles places pensions and enormous Salaries etc etc etc when severall resolutions were adopted and are to be drawn up in form of a petition to parliament for redress.

26 The Weather very wet and cold with very high winds.

28 Deacon Robert Johnston died of a Sihirrus of the liver, contracted by the intemperate use of drinking Whiskey. This pernicious ardent spirituous Liquor Kills great numbers in Stirling.
The Latter part of this month from the 27th was fine mild weather.
The Victual Markets are high, the labouring classes have little or no work, distresses is in every corner, the Streets are crowded with Beggars – no money stirring and accounts to Merchants and others are very ill paid.

February 1817

1 £12,000 sterling of the new silver coin arrived in two carts escorted by a party of the 42 Regiment. It was Lodged in the Bank of Scotland here and is to be distributed in place of the old Silver coin which is much defaced and worn so as not to be longer fit for Circulation.

2 An order came to put off the circulation of the new Coin untill the 13th, no reason given.

3 The Prince Regent got the Windows of his Carriage broken in returning from the Parliament house, tis reported that two bullets from an air gun were actually Shot into the Coach.

5 Sent ten pounds to Edinburgh to pay Robert Lucas for the two months that William lodged at his house, he demanded £5 too much.

6 A very high gale of wind at West. Mrs Edmonds Garden Wall was partly blown down and much damage done to her Wall trees.

7 Walker the Wool Merchant failed for, ‘tis said, £15,000 Sterling, he was a mere upstart from Aberdeen and married a daughter of J Paterson the Tobacconist.
One Liddel was Robbed near Denny of £500 – he was returning from Glasgow, where he had been selling a quantity of fat Cattle to the Butchers.

8 Sent £10 to William being a ten pound note of the British Linen Company No.9/2337
Our Candlemas fair was held this year on the 6th. It was very thinly attended. The Cow Market seems to be extinct, there was a number of Work horses but no sale for them.
Wet stormy weather with High Winds and Sw and West.
13 Very stormy weather with Wind and Rain.
Received a letter from William acknowleging the reicept of £10.
Received another from Walter wanting some more money.

13 Sent £2 to Walter to Glasgow by Wordie the Stirling Carrier. The New Silver Coin was Issued by the Bank of Scotland and the Stirling Bank. The Shillings and sixpences were much smaller in the diameter than the Old Coin, but rather thicker. Five shillings and sixpence did not weigh an ounce. The King’s head presented a most ugly and foolish looking figure.

14 Cold weather with Sleet and Snow.

17 At ½ past 9 pm a most tremendous storm of Thunder, Lightning, hail and Wind came on which lasted to ½ past 10. It came from the South West and passed to the NE. The Lightning was most vivid and the wind was very high, the Thunder was exceeding loud, but did not seem to be low in the Atmosphere.
Sent William a few Books by the Mail Coach.

21 Sent £7 sterling to William to Edinburgh.
John Russall Minister of the 2nd Charge in Stirling died at the age of 78, he was a proud turbulent demagogue.
A Storm of Frost and Snow with exceeding high Winds.

27 The High Winds continues at West.
Received a letter from William acknowledging the recept of the £7 sterling.
For seven Weeks past we have had mostly wet weather with very high winds excepting a few days during the latter part of January.
Seditious Meetings have been discovered in London. Several people have been committed to the Tower of London accused of treasonable practises.

March 1817

1 The fellow named Liddell who pretended he was Robbed near Denny has turned out a Cheat, it appears now that he was not robbed, but was a preparatory step towards his stopping payments which he has since done.

3 High Winds with Snow Blasts.
Planted two lib of peas viz I early Charlton and I dwarf Marrowfat
The Mail Coach robbed of several Thousand pounds Sterling belonging to the Stirling Bank. It was contained in a Leather bag and was put into the box below the seat of the Ooach. 3 Well dressed men engaged all the seats and went out one after another on various pretences at different parts of the Road between Edinburgh and Falkirk.

4 A Storm of Snow with wind, Rain and Sleet.
Walter Box arrived from Glasgow.

10 The Weather exceeding cold with high winds at W with Frost and Snow.
The Amount of the Loss of the Stirling Bank by the robbing of the Mail Coach amounts to £5000 nor has any account of the Robbers been as yet got.

12 Planted American early potatoes 1½ pecks.
The weather is more mild but inclined to Rain and the roads in the Country are very much cut up and are in a very bad condition.

16 Sowed Onions, Leeks Carrots and Lettuces, viz 4oz Onion seed, 2oz Leeks, 2oz Carrots and 4oz Lettuces.

19 A very hard frost with Snow came on.

23 Thaw commenced but during the frost the weather was intensely cold. The farm of Raploch consisting of 96 acres was let by public Roup to James Cowan in Touchgorm at the yearly rent of four pounds sixteen shillings per Acre.
The two established clergymen being both dead, the Magistrates have applied to severall Clergymen to succeed them but they have all refused, Viz Chalmers of Glasgow and Gray at Edinburgh, and deputations from the Magistrates and council have gone to diverse parts to hear ministers preach in order to give them a Call provided they were pleased with them.

25 Planted three pecks of late potatoes in the upper garden.
Wrote to William at Edinburgh by Mr Stewart of Kinbuckie.

27 Planted a firlot .of late Potatoes but the ground was not so dry as I could have wished.
I have been obliged to remove six of my apple trees this Spring on account of their being seized up with the rot or Canker.

30 What is called a deputation from the Magistrates and Council is still in search of Clergymen at the public expence.

31 The labours of the field and gardens are far back, the Beans are not yet sown.

April 1817

1 Fine dry weather, the farmers are busily employed in sowing their Beans and Oats, the people about Town busily employed in their Gardens.

2 Sent £35 to William, 25 of which to pay college fees and 10 for subsistance. His first Examination is to come on the 16th Inst.

6 The Mercury is at 30” 4 and the Weather dry and good but not warm.
A meeting of the Town Council, Heritors and Elders gave a Call to a Mr Wright, a Minister at Markinch, to be Minister of the first charge in the Established Church in this City.

7 Planted the last of my potatoes. I planted this year rather more than one boll.
Hard frost for severall mornings past, but the farmers have got most of the Oats and beans sown.

11 The frost continues.

15 Received a letter from William intimating that he had passed his first private examination.

16 A Very Strong drought, but the labour of the farmer is well advanced, however vegetation is totally checked with the dry and cold frosty weather, the winds are also exceeding high at NE and tis very disagreeable travelling on the roads on account of the dust being raised with the winds.
Trade and Manufactures are not reviving.

The Habeas Corpus Act suspended on account of Seditious meetings and Conspiracies in various parts of the Kingdom, but as to conspiraces ‘tis not much credited; tis supposed to be a trick of Ministers to check reform.

15 At a meeting with the Commissioners on the Estate of the late G Brown Robert Campbell gave my son James the Lie. James the same day sent him a card insisting on an Apology or in case of a refusal to meet him with a friend early tomorrow morning to give him satisfaction. Campbell with much trepidation refused.

16 Campbell was again desired to give satisfaction for the insult, and was posted for a Coward by James. I only came to know of this business at 2 pm and after he had been posted for cowardice.

17 . Dry cold weather with little sunshine.
Received a letter from Proffessor Monroe expressing of William’s conduct when on his first examination Stating that it had been satisfactory in a high degree to the Whole Medical faculty.

23 The Weather is fine and warm with some mild Showers.
Many people going through the Country seeking to get work but generally are unsuccessful.

25 James went on a Visit to William at Edinburgh on hearing that he was complaining in his health.

26 Got the Labour of my Garden nearly finished.

28 One David Bell who keept a public house at the Port, died by drinking Whiskey, he would drink from 20 to thirty Glasses in a day, and not unfrequently would drink a dozen before breakfast.
The Judges of Justiciary Came into town.

29 William came from Edinburgh for a Week or two as he has little to do except printing his thesis untill the middle of the Month of June.
Andrew Cowan and a Servant of Andrew Waters a Grazier in Fintry were tried for assaulting the wife of William Drummond at Birkhill with an intention of committing a rape. The Assault was proven only, they were condemned to six weeks imprisonment. (…. ) Paterson labourer was tried for killing William Paul a plasterer in a drunken fit. The Libel was not proved, he was dismissed free from the Bar.
A man from Grangemouth was tried for stealing 20 Bolls of Wheat and Acquitted.
This month was in generall cold and dry. The farmers got the labour of the season mostly performed, the Markets Keept very high.

May 1817

1 Very few houses building or repairing as yet this season, the universall complaint is want of Trade and Money.

4 A great number of Officers on half pay of the Navy and Army have settled here, they are in generall a sett of indolent insipid fellows.

8 The Weather is fine and frequent showers but little heat.
A Grub Worm has done much mischief to the Oats that have been sown on L Ground.

10 The Gardens are much infested with Insects and caterpillars by which means the crop of fruit will be very scanty this season.
One Mackinson a young lad who Keeps a Dispensary, for a triffling Wager did eat twelve twopenny pies at once, and drank one Gill of Whiskey, and one bottle of Ale; he loathed the last pie and Vomited, but after having got rid of part of his gluttonous repast he eat up the remainder of the Pie and vaunted “he could still eat more provided he was allowed plenty of Drink”.

14 Fine weather with Frequent Showers but little heat.
The Wheat round about Stirling looks well but is very thin in some places.

15 Weir the Schoolmaster left my house in the Bakers Wynd with seven broken panes of Glass in his windows. NB Margt Gill his neice is a very worthless person.

19 A heavy fall of rain, Sleet and Snow. The snow lay thick on the hills but dissapeared next day.

22 The weather dry and with with frosty Mornings.
William Returned to Edinburgh, sent the box with his Cloaths by Callender the Carrier.

25 James entered with the Guildry.
Much intrest making about a Second Minister for which office two are candidates viz Messrs Bruce and Small, the Contest is carried on Keenly as if it were a matter of the utmost importance but the intrest of religion and the good of the community is entirely out of the question. It is merely borough politics or a contest between parties.

28 Mr Small, Minister at Stair, was chosen by a Majority of 3 votes to be Minister of the Second Charge in Stirling.
James went to Edinburgh on the 25th and returned on the 28th.
He came part of the way in the Alloa Steam boat.

30 Went to Edinburgh in the Mail Coach to Visit William. Walked about the City with him on Sunday 1 June.
The Weather Cold and backward, the Crop not forward, the Markets rather on the advance.

June 1817

2 Returned from Edinburgh in the Mail Coach. Vegetation more advanced around Edinburgh than about Stirling.
The Generall Assembly of the Church was sitting at Edinburgh but it excited very little notice or attention. The only thing noticed was the Earl of Errol, the Commissioner, going in Grand procession to and from the Assembly and the Church, the Street being lined with Soldiers to Keep off the Populace.

4 The King’s Birthday was observed by the discharge of the Great and the Ringing of the Bell of the Town house, Guns from the Castle and the Bells in the Church Steeple but no bonefires or any other tokens of Joy as used to be the ease on such occasions.

1 The Old Stirling Steam boat began for the Season to go between the Shore of Stirling and Newhaven near Leith, but ‘tis reported that her Machinery is often going wrong.

7 The Weather soft and rather more mild, but the Markets are still on the advance.
Jane and Mr Smith arrived from Glasgow. Mr Smith went off to Glasgow next day. Jane remains.

11 Wrote William twice but received no answers. Wrote him this day again by Wm MeNie.
A heavy hail shower but it did not last above 20 minutes.
Got the last dressing to the peas, by drawing up the earth to their roots and planting Sticks to support them.
The New Light fast day previous to the Sacrament.
The Yeoman Cavalry consisting of three Troops came into town for one week to exercise and to be inspected, their horses were in very bad condition, especially the Strathendrick Company.

14 Very stormy wet cold weather, the Wind from North East to North West.

18 Received a letter from William in answer to four letters sent to him.
Walter visited William in Edinburgh.

21 Sent Bell to Edinburgh to stay with William and to be a companion.
Wrote to Proffessor Monroe relative to William.

26 The price of Grain is beginning to fall in the English Markets.

27 Symptoms of rioting manifested themselves at Lauristown near Falkirk, a party of about 20 Dragoons were dispatched from the town to assist in Keeping the peace.
The Weather remarkably mild and warm.

30 The last fourthnight of this month was very fine warm weather the Crop has mended wonderfully and the Markets are becoming lower, but all the necessaries of life are still high priced, the Quartern loaf is 1/4 Butter 1/4 Eggs 8d Oat Meal 2/6 per peck Barley two Guineas the boll, Beans and pease 2 Guineas, Wheat two pounds six shillings per boll, Butcher meat from 6 to 7 pence per 1 lib. New Potatoes and Green peas were sold in the Market at four shillings the Peck each.

July 1817

1 A young Man of the name of Wright was drowned a little beyond the Shore, he was bathing with severall others.
James went to Edinburgh in the Steam boat from the Shore, He got a very tempestuous passage of wind and rain.

2/3 Jane Lucas was delivered of a daughter in the sixth month of pregnancy, she lived six hours and was buried on the third in Stirling Church Yard in my burial ground.
Paid my half yearly account to Mr Johnston the Treasurer for the Glasgow Apothecaries hail.
Only two houses have been built this Season, one of which is at the Shore, and some trifling repairs.

4 The Markets are still somewhat lower.

7 James Returned from Edinburgh. William got through with his Aphorism and history of Camphor before the Medical faculty. His next trial is to write the history of two diseases.
Hay harvest begun, the crop is good.

10 The town is thronged with Strangers of various descriptions.
Alexander Littlejohn got the place of Cerk to the Justices of Peace Courts.

12 David Smith came from Glasgow to see his wife.

13 Returned to Glasgow. Trade and commerce is nothing revived in Glasgow but there is a great rage at present there for building houses.

14 Much rain.
Edinburgh Races are held, some people have gone from this place to see them.

18 The Races were said to be well contested and were barbarously grand.
The Weather sort and warm, with frequent showers.
Vegetation is uncommonly luxuriant.
The Market is tolerably well supplied with new potatoes, Fish and vegetables, the potatoes are at 20 pence per peck.
23 Began to dig early potatoes.
Had a visit from Mrs Watson, from Glasgow and Mrs Buchanan of Aughmar, likewise Miss Watson.

25 The Hay mostly got into the Stack or Trampcoyle.

28 Miss Watson left Stirling on her way back to Glasgow.

31 James went to Edinburgh.
The weather very wet with very heavy rains and much thunder and Lightning.
The Markets are still High aitho some what reduced in the prices of Grain.
Trade still dull, the Streets are thronged with Beggars.

August 1817

1 William received his Diploma as Doctor of Medcine in the University of Edinburgh. The Subject of his Thesis was Be Morborum Diagnosi. There were at the same time 91 others who received their degrees as Doctors of Medcine of whom 37 were belonging to Scotland, the others were frm England, Ireland and Jamaica.

3 The weather still continues to be wet.
Bell and William returned from Edinburgh, they came in the Mail Coach.

6 One Robert Lowden died of drunkness and every species of low debauchery, a fortune had been left him by an uncle who died in the West Indies of which he made a most abominable use.

8 Died Mr David Chrystal a young man endowed with every Virtue.
He was a Writer and aged 24 years.
The Weather wet and cold with much wind and rain, the Markets in consequence are rather on the rise.

12 Grouse shooting commenced, a few young men belonging to the town have gone to the Muirs to try their Luck.
The first Ffalkirk Tryst was held.

14 The weather still cold and wet with much rain.
The Cattle at the Tryst of Falkirk or Stenhouse Muir sold indiffererify well, but at low prices.

16 The cold wet weather continues.

20 Mr Smith came here from Glasgow.

21 Went with his wife to see the Trosachs.
The Weather seems to have cleared up a little.

27 The Jrop is beginringto grow yellow and there is small patches of Barley reaped in some parts of the country, but the weather is still damp and wet.

28 Walter arrived here on leave of absence for a few days.

30 Jane returned to Glasgow.

31 John Thing a young man who lodges with Walter arrived from Glasgow
The whole of this month was wet rainy weather with high winds.
The Crop is backward in ripening and the Harvest is not yet begun.

September 1817

1 Fine dry weather.

2 John Laing left Stirling by way of Callender and proposed going to Balfron.

4 Walter Returned to Glasgow.
The weather exceedingly wet with very heavy Thunder plumps of rain.

8/9 The Second great Cattle Tryst was held at Stenhouse Muir near Falkirk. The number of Black Cattle and Sheep was great and sold well at tolerable prices. There were also many horses but mostly of an inferior quality.

10 The Weather good and the harvest commenced in the Kerses.

12 The Markets rather on the decline. Potatoes were sold at 6d per peck of 28 lib.

13 The Judges of Justiciary in town, some trials for theft are before them. An Irishman from Balfron was sentenced to 14 years transportation, another person was ordered to be confined for six months in the Jail. Two were outlawed for not appearing to be tried.

15 Finished the Early potatoes. They were a middling Crop.
A Man killed at Banockburn Colliery by a Stone falling from the roof of the Coalpit and crushing him to death.

19 Fine weather since the 15, the harvest is advancing rapidly, when the Grain is ripe, but the Oats and Beans are not nearly ready to be reaped.
Potatoes sold at 6 per peck of 28 lib, and other articles are something reduced in price.

21 Many accidents of late have happened by falls from buildings,
Drunkness etc, by which many have lost their lives especially by falling into rivers and Canals. 2 young women belonging to Banockburn were drouned in the river Teith at one time near Blairdrumond.

23 The Deacons were Cut.

24 The Dean of Gild, Walter Glass was Chosen the same day the Deacons of the Trades were regulated.

25 The Magistrates were Elected. Thomas Wright hardware man was made provost, John Buchan surgeon, James Thomson merchant, John Aikman Do and Robert Paterson soapmaker were made the four baillies, a more insignificant set never disgraced Stirling, Thomson and Aikman excepted, but these two men were not fit to act, as magistrates the one being very old and the other having no experience about what related to the election of his office.

25 The Reverend (…..) Bruce was placed or admitted to be third minister, or minister of the West Kirk but not without much keen animosity and keen disputes.

27 The weather wet and stormy.
Snow on the highland Hills and the weather sharp and cold.

30 The harvest about half over in the low country and the plains.
The weather frosty

October 1817

2 Clear weather with frost during the night.

4 Sent £10 to Glasgow to Walter.

9 Began to lift the potatoes for winter use, found that they were not fully ripe.
Many flocks of Fine Sheep passed through the town to the south¬ward for these severall days past.

11 The weather very fine, the Harvest getting rapidly on, but the Oats are not yet thoroughly ripe. The Beans are in some parts injured by the Frosts that has been lately.
Cattle are driving through the town for the last tryst on Stenhouse Moor which is to be held on the 14th.

13 A great number of black cattle and sheep have passed thro the Town said to be larger than ever remembered, to Stenhouse Muir.

14 The Cattle sold well and fetched good prices so that the Highland-men are gone home in high spirits. The harvest is also well advanced. Much is stacked but much is still in the fields.
Messrs Wright at Markinch aid Small at Stair our two Clergymen Elect have protested against the settling Mr Bruce as third minister, so Keen are these two men to raise up mischief and animosities in the town.

20 The harvest advancing rapidly the weather fine and dry.

25 Most of the potatoes got up, they are a plentifull crop.

27 The Crop in generall in the plains is got into the Barnyards, it is not upon the whole to be a very productive one, the Early frosts have done much harm especially to the Beans, they are mostly frosted.
In the Muirlands the harvest is about half over.

28 Rainy cold weather.
One Macfarlane a physician and a great rogue who had attempted to practise Medcine here left this town and introduced a Dr Dods in his place.
A heavy fall of snow on the low grounds.

30 Stormy weather with heavy showers of rain, the Snow on the 28 quickly melted, much of the crop is still out on the high grounds.

31 Much rain, much Grain out, and much of the crop to cut down especially on the high Grounds. The Markets are likely to continue high, The Wheat and barley tis expected will turn out well but the Oats and beans will not be an average Crop.

November 1817

1 The weather very rainy, the nights very dark and the roads very bad.

4 The first fair of Down for Sheep and black cattle.

5 Mrs Edmond caused a Man to Slap and cut the hedge in different places, which separates my garden on the north side from hers.
The Shew of Black Cattle at Down was very great, the Sale was dull, prices reduced below those got at Stenhouse Muir. Many unsold.
The Sheep also went off at reduced prices.

7 The Weather very wet and cold.
The Corn Markets are getting up.

8 Mrs Edmond being threatned with a prosecution before the Sherrif for destroying a part of the Hedge was fain to agree to repair every damage done to it.

9 Wind and rain.
War is broke out in the East Indies with the Marrhattas a powerfull people in that quarter of the Globe.
News reached Stirling of the Death of the Princess Charlotte of Wales the Wife of Leopold of Saxe Cobourgh and Heir to the British Crown. She died on the 6th in childbed after being delivered of a stillborn Child. The flag is hoisted daily half up the flagstaff in the Castle since that event. None of the Kings Sons or daughters have any lawfull issue. The Newspapers are all in Morning.

12 Gave James 14 volumes of the Classics mostly in …..

13 A Generall Mourning is recommended to take place on the 16th for the death of the Princess Charlotte and her Child. The Weather Still wet and much of the Crop in the Upland districts is still in the fields.
Robert Rennie having sold the Manse and Garden at St Ninians to Henry Haig at Orchard Tullibody my bond for 400 sterling was paid up which money I immediately lodged in the Stirling Bank.

16 The Mourning generall for the Princess Charlote over the Country.
Severall of the Pulpits in the Churches have been cloathed in Black. The Flag on the fort is daily displayed but hoisted only half up the flagstaff.
The Weather very wet, the roads are very much cut up and exceedingly dirty.
The Russian Emperor has sold five line of battle ships to the Spaniards !!!

19 Being the day on which Princess Charlotte of Wales and her infant were to be buried at Windsor by torchlight, the Flag from the Castle was as usually displayed half staff high. The Tolbooth bell was tolled from 12 o’clock midday untill after sunset, the shops were shut the whole day and no business whatever was transacted, the Principal inhabitants appeared in morning and the officers of the army wore crape round their Arms.

21 Fine weather and much of the Crop got stacked.

22 The Burghers, anti-Burgers, relief, Cameronians etc are holding or celebrating their winter Sacraments.
The Weather still fine and the Crop getting housed.

25 Paid Mrs Campbell the remainder of my proportion for Mrs Whiteheads board due at Martimas.

27 During the night there fell upwards of three Inches of Snow – it dissapeared during the day.
The latter fair of Down and the weather exceedingly Stormy. There was little business done and prices low.
Severall new lamps put up towards the bridge and in Marys Wynd.

30 The Candles this year are three pence per lib higher in price than they were last year. Markets of every kind are looking up.
Went up to the steeple and inspected the church Bells, they are four in number one of which is very large and appears to have been founded in London. There are others which have been cast in Holland; from the Church yard level to the platform for the Bells there is 100 Steps in the stair.

December 1817

1 A Fever of the Typhus Kind has been very frequent among the lower classes and has carried of a considerable number of them, however by cleanliness and Evacuants such as Bleeding purging and Vescuatories with frequent affusions of cold water, it was easily subdued.

2 The Weather still wet and disapreeable.

5 In some parts of the country there is&ill some of the Crop not got in especially in what is called the Moorlands.

10 Fine dry weather with hard frost.
The Salmon fishing in the River Forth takes place or begins this day.
The Tacks man is one Reid from Edinburgh but originally from the Castlehill Stirling.
The Typhus Fever is nearly gone.
Severall marriages have taken place. G Anderson my old Apprentice has got the daughter of one Coupar Anderson his uncle who has made some money as ‘tis reported in the West Indies.

13 Hard frost with some snow which is succeeded by a partial old Thaw.
Oatmeal is at 3 Guineas per Load.

15 The Frost and snow is disolved, heavy rain and a high wind from the NE succeded, the Weather is very cold and the roads much cut up.

18 Pruned the Apply, Pear and Cherry trees in the garden.

21 Strong intense frost.

24 The frost continues.
The News arrived that there had been a Violent Hurricane in the West Indies, many lives lost and much damage done to the Shipping.

25 Thermometer was at 27o of Farenheit.

28 A cold thaugh commenced, with much Sleet and rain with thick Snow on the hills.

29 Thermometer 27o.

31 Frost and cold weather.
The Markets high, Salmon 3/ per lib, Meal £3.3 the Load, Eggs 1/ per dozen, Butter 1/2 Do, Beef 4 to 6½ per lib and other Articles in proportion.


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