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in the strongest terms, to an Italian who accompanied him, yea as being
the finest in the world, yes, replied the HILL OF BALLYGEICH, &c. Italian, I believe it is, except Mount
Damietta, (Demiet) at Stirling. These To the Editor of the Melange.
words operated like an electric shock Sir,
on the nervous system of the enthusi
ast, for he had spent almost the whole The rage for foreign travelling, to the of his life in the vicinity of the hill neglect of places comparatively speak- without ever having ascended it. Had ing near to our own doors, dues not he been so unfortunate as to have let seem in us, at all very justifiable the cat out of the pock, he certainly Foreign travelling is perhaps consider- would have been a good subject for a ed an appendage without which there display of the risible faculties of the cannot be a finished education. I agree Roman. I myself have known young to this, but apprehend that it would men who boasted of having lounged be much more reasonable to argue for in a Parisian caffe, and promenaded this point, of first being versant in on the Boulevard St. Denys, yet livwhat is to be seen in our own country, ing within a few hoars walk of Lochas, with the exception of rather fewer lomond, never have been spectators of specimens of antiquity to gratify the its solemn grandeur, which have set Jassical scholar, there are in it innu- all the world a running. This blamemerable objects, as well worth the able conduct evinces either a want of contemplation of the man of taste and real taste or a determination in the science, as in any country under the person of for ever being in love with sun, and those who wilfully neglect the epithet of Blockhead. Ancient the opportunities of research, justly lay Philosophers earnestly inculcated the themselves open to its censure. There maxim nosce teipsum, with which I is a good story illustrative of this, would beg leave (not in the least unwhich I have somewhere read, if my dervaluing their profound sapience) to memory would serve me correctly to couple another, nosce tuam propriam relate it.-A gentleman was quite in terram. raptures with a view from some hill in I am one of those erratic beings who Italy, and expressed himself about it, fond of practising the doctrines Lteach,
take at intervals short excursions to might take a range to the lowest verge visit some of our neighbouring scenery, of the horizon, but this can seldom be the greatest part of which I have seen, obtained in summer, from the vapours and I may be permitted to say that I which thicken the atmosphere, though believe there is no large town in the in clear weather, with the assistance kindom, about which a greater variety of a telescope, the coast of Ireland must of it can be enjoyed. A friend and I, be distinctly observed. Stretching the both equally fond of escaping the eye progressively north-west, the isomurky abodes of our dense-peopled lated Craig of Ailsa rears its gigantic city, projected a short tour to the Hill and venerable head—to the right of of Ballygeich, which we lately accom- which, appear the lofty protruding plished. This hill, of pretty general ragged peaks of Arran, till obscured resort with the amateurs of fine views, by the intervening hills. stands about 12 miles to the south of the mountains of the Highlands, the Glasgow, in the muir, on the east road sovereigns of our Isle, who, with an to Kilmarnock, and is celebrated, not affected dignity, reign unrivalled—the without justice, as commanding a more range of Campsie and Strathblane hills, extensive prospect to the west, than shading off to the north-east, form a any other in Scotland. To judge boundary to the north. The interfrom the appearance of the hill, we vening landscape is extensive, rising would almost conceive this to be im- gently towards the north, and preprobable, but the traveller must remark sents a picture not devoid of beauty. his gradual ascent from Clarkston Toll, On the sea coast, to the west, the site so that we are indebted for the supe- of several towns may be distinetly riority of the view, not so much from traced, but as we approach nearer to the height of the hill itself, as this na- our station, the general aspect of the tụcal advantage of the country. In our country is dreary and forbidding, save, progress while aseending the hilltothe when in relief to the eye, a scanty crop east Tintoek gradually elevates itself. on the side of some little hill, seems From the summit-tothe south-east, at struggling to cover the red soil. Exa great distance, the horizon is seen tent is the grand feature of the prosresting on the dark tops of the Moffat pect from Ballygeich, and it may be hills : the view directly to the south there enjoyed in its excellence. The is limited, from the height of the in- traveller, when looking around from terjacent lands, but turning to the its summit, may say with proprietywest, we are delightfully astonished. I am an admirer in the wide Temple Here the ocean appears one intermine- of Nature, environed by the mountains able sheet of white surf rising into the which are its walls. clouds s the eye lost in the apparent It may be worth while to step aside infinite expanse must now retract, for a moment, and ascend the Meikle cáught perhaps in its return by a glid- Binn, a hill about 14 miles to the eing vessel, which though seen a mote north of Glasgow, which commands a
in creation, or a form as einpty as the prospect to the east, nearly as extenibubble, may contain all the reality of sive as the other does to the west the merchant, and the golden antici- from the summit of this hill, the first pations of the emigrant to other shores. prominent objects of attraction, are the Were it the lot of the visitor to have inountains of the north, which appear a perfect unelouded sky, on some par- crouded on each other, peak surmountticular places, the sphere of his vision ing peak, in matchless grandeur ; and to the west, the picturesque vil- / ration, as perhaps no where could their lage of l'intry, terminates an agreeable minds become more abstracted and vista, edge:t on each side by the neigh- bent to a particular purpose, and it bouring hills
. The view to the east, must be well known to every reader of which principally enhances this hill, is sound history the important transacmagnificently comprehensive--Berwick tions which took place upon these Law-the Bass Rock--and Arthur's sublime portions of oùr globe. Seat are distinguished, with a consider- Descending from Ballygeich, oyr able part of the sweep of the German attention was differently aimed. We Ocean, and to the south the Pentland proceeded southward, over the muirs, hills. From the Meikle Binn, to the to Lochgoin farm, to see some Relics boundary of the landscape on all sides, of the conscientious Covenanters of the country is one continued level former days, preserved there. This tract, but singularly interesting from family of many centuries standing, have the universal fertility of its appearance, resided here, in regular descent, stil and as it embraces rivers, towns, and remzining strict adherents to the Covillages, with whose names and history venanter's cause, so zealously mainthere have been associated may an tained by our pious forefathers. The early idea. The field of Bannockburn present generation of the Lochgoin is in view--Carron Work, like some family, consisting of three persons, are Tartarean Regions, emitting from its a true portrait of the early staunch fiery bowels darkening masses of smoke, Religionists who fought, bled, and is seen considerably in the distance, died for their cause, indeed so much generally half obscured. Falkirk, with so, that we might almost challenge several places of less eminence and any one to produce a better likeness magnitude, stands conspicuous. The the accumulation of ages hás sober gliding Carron, and the more not diminished one whit of the feamajestic Forth beautifully intersect the ture. Living in a wilderness place, view, giving life, grace, and effect to in almost monkish austerity, the puthe panorama--so that in one coup ritanical rigidity of the sect settled d'eil are concentrated all that is orna- down upon them into constitutional mental in nature, which is useful in habit, yet we cannot but admire the arts, and beneficial to man; the and love the piety, honest simplicity, memorable spots where battles have and genuine worth which, in ? very been lost and won,---where the illus- great degree is visible among them, trious achievements of Bruce and while we lament that in our own dan Wallace add worth and dignity to there is universally found so little of every inch of the ground. Both of the sterling ore of non conformity to the prospects which we have been con- the world,
and independence of soul. templating equally deserve attention, The father of the present family, was a though it must be confessed, the latter man quite of patriarchal manner, bis eharms us more by its interest. As erudition was considerable, specimen to the personal gratification and im- of which he has left behind him in provement of the traveller, none will sketches of the lives and transactions contest the virtue of such scenes, they of the Covenanters, one of the most are edifyng and instructive in the popular books of the religious class of highest degree. Among our ancient our peasantry, and in other selections, profạnę writers mountains seem to have all of which do bis memory much ho been held in a sort of religious vene- ' nour. It is not without feelings of