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Papers of Rev Dr John Walker
    Papers in Natural History and Parish Management

Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Queries concerning the north of Scotland

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Walker Dc.2.36

Date(s)

c1770

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

bound volume

Name of creator

Walker | John | 1731-1803 | professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh and clergyman

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

An extended essay, with annotations in a different hand, on the improvement of northern Scotland, hampered presently for want of sufficient information. Discussions centre on the following: the need for a proper census, with special respect to military resources, inclinations to particular industries (and the price of labour), emigration, and increase; arable land; manures; cattle; woods; fossils, meaning minerals and coal; mines; fisheries, especially concerning river salmon, and cod and herring, and whether private fleets are well advised; wool; linen; a lesser miscellany, including production of kelp products and barrel staves. Finally, a natural history should be the grand object of attention. (Approximately 169 handwritten pages).

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