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THE VALE OF STRATH MORE.

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

The Countess of Strathmore,

THIS WORK

IS, BY PERMISSION,

RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY

HER LADYSHIP'S OBLIGED AND FAITHFUL SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

The vast valley of Strathmore proper, extends from the centre of Dumbartonshire to the sea-board of the German Ocean, from Redhead to Stonehaven.

It comprehends part of Stirlingshire, all Strathallan, the greater part of Strathearn, and all the Howe of Mearns in Kincardineshire.

What is popularly known as Strathmore, however, consists only of what is flanked by the Sidlaw Hills on the south, and the braes of Angus on the north, and extends from Methven in Perthshire, to Brechin in Forfarshire. The Sidlaws are continuous of the Ochils, except for the intervention of the valley of the Tay, and form a long chain of heights rising in some parts to upwards of 1500 feet above the level of the sea, and extending from Kinnoul Hill, on the north bank of the Tay in Perthshire, to Redhead, a promontory on the east coast of Forfarsbire, and to Stonehaven in Kincardineshire. At the Hill of Turin, a short distance east of Forfar, the Sidlaws fork into two lines, one of which branches off through the vale of Guthrie to the sea at Redhead, while the other proceeds north-eastward to Brechin, along the side of the Howe of Kincardine to the sea at Stonehaven.

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