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Cobbett’s Tour in Scotland
and in the four Northern Counties of England: in the autumn of the year 1832
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By Cobbett, William
ISBN 1845300009
Paperback  268 pages
Subject [British & Irish history: c 1700 to c 1900 ] [Social & cultural history ] [Work & labour ] [Agriculture and Farming ] [Cumbria ] [Northumberland ] [Galloway ] [Edinburgh ] [Renfrewshire ] [Lanarkshire ] [East Lothian ] [Argyll ] [Dumbartonshire ]
Published March, 2004
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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.

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