Originally published in 1833. William Cobbett, author of Rural Rides, published three years earlier, journeys north and finds, among others,
Dunbar: ‘ a little sea-port apparently made for the express purpose of robbing Scotland of all its produce.’
Edinburgh: ‘the finest city I ever saw in my life’
Glasgow: ‘a city of the greatest beauty’, with ‘the finest, most convenient, and best conducted cattle market’
Greenock: ‘streets are regular, conveniently wide,’ with a very fine harbour, and ‘forty of the largest mills that can exist.’
New Milns: ‘that public-spirited manufacturing village’.
Paisley: ‘at no place where I have ever been in my life was I ever received with more cordiality’.
His observations on his physical surroundings are are as wide-ranging as his opinions on the social circumstances and opinions of his various hosts.