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July 1. Battle of Boyne. 9. Session rises. 12. Royal Boroughs mert. 30. Dog days begin.
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EDINBURGH LITERARY MISCELLANY,
FOR JUNE 1808.
Description of SEGGIEDEN.
identical with the P. ingens of Pennant. At the same meeting, Charles Anderson, Esq. read some observations Inchkeith, in the Frith of Forth.on the Geognosy of the island of From the interesting details which he communicated, it appears, that the whole island is composed of rocks belonging to the independent coal fo mation; and that the greenstone which there occurs, is traversed by true veins filled with quartz, chalcedony, calcspar, &c. and also contains numerous cotemporaneous veins of different kinds. Mr Anderson intimated his intention to lay before the Society, at a future
Proceedings of the WERNERIAN Natural meeting, a more particular description History Society. of the island, illustrated by drawings, and a series of specimens of the differ
AT the last meeting of this Society, ent rocks and fossils themselves.
Dr Thomas Thomson, one of the Vice-Presidents, read a very interesting and valuable paper on the chemical nature of Fluor-spar. Captain Laskey also read a paper on the Pinna ingens of Pennant*: from his observations it appears, that the Pinna ingens of Montagu, P. borealis of Stewart +, and P. ingens of the Linnean Transactions, are all the same species, and
SEG EGGIEDEN, the elegant seat of James Hay, Esq. is situated in the parish of Kinfauns, and county of Perth. It is beautifully seated on the north bank of the Tay, about four niles below the town of Perth. It was built fourteen or fifteen years ago, upon a plan by Paterson. This villa commands an extensive, and uncommonly fine view, over the romantic scenery of Perthshire.
Monthly Memoranda in Natural
June 4. THE common forest trees are all in full foliage.On this day twelvemonths very few of them were completely in leaf; the leafbuds of the Ash especially were not then generally burst; but this year,
*British Zoology, vol. iv.
+ Elements of Natural History, 2 vols. even the Ash is now quite green.-This season the leafing of trees in general has been completed within the
# Linnean Transactions, vol. viii.
compass of the month of May,-which ing been taken, although to the cap has, upon the whole, been of the most ture of these the views of the fisher genial description, and has been ac- men were chiefly directed. Great companied with an increased rapidity quantities of young thornbacks (maidof vegetation in proportion to the pre- en skate of this place) have, however, vious backwardness of the Spring. been caught; with still greater numbers of young plaise, (here confounded, under the name of fleuk, with other species of flounder.) A very few reak skate (here denominated grey skate) have likewise been got. The turbol (rowan fleuk) seem at present to be very scarce in the frith. The soles hitherto taken have been but of small size, and in number have not, I am told, exceeded a dozen. There is no reason, however, for despairing of better success. It is possible that the strangers may not yet have hit upon the favourite haunts of the turbot and the sole; and it is not improbable that these may be found in considerable numbers when the season is farther advanced. More than a year ago, a fact was stated in the Monthly Memoranda in this Magazine which holds out considerable encouragement to perseverance. It was this: When his Majesty's ships used to lie at anchor in Aberlady Bay, the sailors were accustomed to amuse themselves in catching soles, and they generally took so many, and of a large size, that after copiously supplying the officers mess, presents were often sent to the gentlemens houses along the coast.
June 19. The weather having continued favourable, the fields of wheat near Edinburgh are now beginning to come into car.
Several open boats have already arrived at Leith from the Moray Frith, with cargoes of dried fish; consisting of cod, ling, skate, haddock (or spelding,) and piked dog-fish. These fish are not well cured; indeed most of them are dried without salt. The piked dog-fish, Squalus acanthias, (hoes or sea-dogs) have perhaps never before been brought to the Edinburgh market; at least they are always thrown away when accidentally caught by the Newhaven fishermen. The Buchanmen find their account in taking them, on account of the oil got from their livers they split them up along the back, and, cleaning out the entrails, spread the fish upon the rocks to dry. Dried dogs may be eaten either broiled or boiled; but dressed either way, they have an oily and somewhat rancid taste. The name is apt to excite a prejudice against them; and to obviate this, the late Mr Knox, in his View of the Fisheries, proposes to change its name to King George Fish.
June 22. New potatoes and green pease appeared in our market in small quantities; the former 1s. a-pint, the latter 10s. a-peck. Strawberries also make their appearance; being charged at 5s. and 6s. a-pint.
June 25. Of late a Society of Gentlemen in this place have, with the best intentions, and at a considerable expence, brought a set of fishers from England, with their decked smack and trawl-nets. These English fishers have plied in several parts of the frith, but hitherto without that conplete success which was fondly anticipated; very few soles or turbot hav
P. S.-In the postscript to the Monthly Memoranda for last month, we inserted a journal of the periodical appearance of the swallow, cuckoo, &c. and of the budding of the larchtree, for five years past, with remarks. This interesting paper was composed by Sir ALEXANDER DICK from notes kept by himself at Prestonfield, near Duddingston. It was communicated to the writer of this article on the 25th of May last; and we sincerely regret to have to add, that this was the last and closing literary employment of the youthful Baronet, he having