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Topographical Dictionary of Scotland: Comprising the Several Counties, Islands, Cities, Burgh and Market Towns, Parishes, and Principal Villages With Historical and Statistical

Lewis, Samuel

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ISBN 10: 0806312556 / ISBN 13: 9780806312552
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., 1989
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Title: Topographical Dictionary of Scotland: ...

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: Reprint

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Excerpt from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, Comprising the Several Counties, Islands, Cities, Burgh and Market Towns, Parishes, and Principal Villages, With Historical and Statistical Descriptions, Vol. 2 of 2: And Embellished With Engravings of the Seals and Arms of the Different Burghs and Universities; From Keanlochbervie to Zetland
Kellas, a hamlet, in the parish of murroes, county of forfar; containing 25 inhabitants.
Kells, a parish, in the stewartry of kirkcud bright, 14 miles (n. W. By N.) from castle-douglas, and 19 (n. By W.) from Kirkcudbright containing, with the burgh of New Galloway, 1121 inhabitants. This place is supposed by some to derive its name from its elevated situation, of which, in the Gaelic language, the word is descriptive. Others deduce the name from the British Cell, on account of the extensive woods for merly existing here, and of which considerable remains are still found embedded in the various mosses. The parish is one of the largest in the county. It is bounded on the west and south by the river Dee, which separates it from the parishes of Minniga ', Girthon, and Balma ghie; and on the east by the river Ken, which divides it from Dalry, Balmaclellan, and Parton parishes. Kells is about sixteen miles in length and eight miles in ex treme breadth, comprising an area of acres, of which by far the greater part is mountain pasture, and, with the exception of about 400 acres of woodland and plantations, the remainder is arable and in good cultiva tion. Its surface is irregularly broken, rising towards the north into a range of lofty mountains, including the most conspicuous heights of Galloway, some of which have an elevation of 2700 feet above the sea. The ara ble lands, which are chie y along the banks of the Ken, are tolerably level, and interspersed with copses of oak and birch. The lower grounds are watered by nume rous rivulets, intersecting the parish in various direc tions, and forming tributaries to the Dee and to the Ken. The Ken has its source on the confines of Dumfries shire, and after entering the parish on the north - east, receives the waters of the Deuch, and at the southern extremity unites with the Dee. There are also many lakes, of which those of Loch Dungeon and Loch Har row, ia the north, are of considerable extent, but both inferior to Loch Ken, on the eastern border of the parish, which is about five miles in length and three quarters of a mile in breadth, and by far the most emi nent for the beauty of its scenery. A remarkably large pike, probably the largest known to have been killed in Scotland, was caught in this loch with the rod and y many years ago; it weighed seventy-two pounds, and the head is still preserved in Kenmure Castle, bearing witness to its enormous size. The parish affords an in teresting field for the investigations of the botanist.
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