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Thursday 12 June 1828

12 10/60

Two very good ones last night. Packed. Breakfast at 10½. Went out at 11 20/60. Went to see the singeing apparatus in Bath Street [1]. Very curious. May see the same in Salford, Manchester & at Nottingham. Invented by Mr Hall? of Nottingham? The pieces of goods (muslins at ½d per piece, calicoes at ¼d per ditto, saw several very pretty printed calicoes sent over from Perth to be done) made to pass over a flame of gas regulated to the intensity required by a valve or stop-cock. The smoke carried off in tubes & pumped up into a building adjoining. When the 10 machines are at work no one can bear to enter the smoke room. Today only 4 of them at work, so peeped into this room. We then went to the post office and some shops & got home again at 1 5/60.

Dumbarton Castle from across the Clyde, Ewen Rennie / Dumbarton Castle and Hillfort from across the Clyde / CC BY-SA 2.0

Off from the Buchanan Street hotel, Glasgow, where we have really been very comfortable, at 1 20/60. A Noddy (single horse, four hackney coach) to the Broomielaw, or place of embarking. On board the George Canning steam boat at 1½ & off at 1 35/60. At 2¾ pass Eskine [2]. The wooded grounds pretty. The river begins to widen & the shores to rise gradually into picturesque hill. At 3 10/60 pass Dunbarton castle. High water when we left Glasgow yet the river much finer than when we sailed up at low water on Saturday. At 3¾ stop 3 or four minutes at Port Glasgow to take up & set down passengers. The custom house (vid. Saturday page 12, line 12) plain front to the east. No portico. At 4 5/60 stop 10 minutes at Greenock. Long line of excellent quay and the neat little port full of shipping. Stopt a minute or 2 off Gourock at 4 35/60. At 5 10/60, having crossed the Clyde, stop 3 or 4 minutes at Hunter’s Quay. Neat little jetty or pier. Nice little white inn. On turning round the vessel to leave the quay, fine peep up Holy Loch (Scottish Tourist 370/415) & along its fine, black, mist-covered mountains towards Kilmun. The Clyde a very fine river here. Go close under the land & at 5½ make the very pretty, picturesque little white village of Dunoon, now become a gathering place of considerable resort by the Glasgow people. Neat little modern church. Land ½ dozen of our passengers. A flag staff on the top of the picturesque, green, conical castle mound, but very little of the old castle remaining. Very fine sail down the Clyde. The bold black coast of Argyleshire beautifully fringed along the water with low, green, bushy wood & scattered here & there a picturesque (occasionally white) straw thatch cottage. The high coast of Renfrewshire here black, there wooded, there cultivated, but very thinly inhabited. Cloach lighthouse (pronounced cloch) (gutturalize) (370/415, neat white tower a little south of Gourock). Ardgowan (Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart Bart. 371/415) prettily embosomed in wood & close to it the village of Innerkip [3]. Ayrshire, the 2 Cumbrays, Bute & Arran just peeping beyond, finely close the view ahead, leaving apparently only a narrow channel of water.

Castle Hill, Dunoon

At 6 20/60 [double] Toward point with its neat white lighthouse. Cross the river to Rothsay, largish looking white town. Just round Toward point, ruin of Toward castle, once the residence of the chief of the Lamonts (372/415) and a little beyond the modern Castle Toward (Kirkman Finlay Esquire, a Glasgow merchant – built by him). The Clyde everywhere sprinkled over with vessels of one sort or other. Surrounding coasts & islands bold & dark & fine. Very pretty sail up the little bay of Rothsay. Very neat, pretty, picturesque, newly-built little town of white stone (the old part behind), large stones, as it were, imbedded in smaller ones, the white mortar of which forms a curious looking chequer-line. The ruin of the old castle scarcely seen on approaching the town, so hid by the new buildings. Landed on the pier (nice little harbour) at 6 50/60. In 5 minutes comfortable at the Bute Arms, Mr Corkindale, a good house opposite the port. Tea at 7¾. Afterwards wrote the above of today. Very fine day. Coldish & windy on the water. Vitrified fort [4] 9 miles from here & ditto 11 miles from here, south end of the island (Bute), of which the waiter gave me a specimen. The builders seem to have put strata of sea weed between the courses of stone instead of mortar, set fire to it & thus produced the vitrification. Went to my room at 11½.

Left margin: Glasgow to Rothsay 45 miles

[1] Mr Hall’s Gas Singeing Works in Bath Street. This was a new invention for burning off loose fibre ends from the surface of fabrics (still an important part of the pre-treatment process in fabric making today) to prevent pilling, mottled fabric surfaces and unclear print patters.

[2] I think she means Erskine.

[3] I think she means Inverkip.

[4] Vitrification is the transformation of stone into glass through heat. Vitrified forts are therefore stone enclosures where the stones have been fused together through heat (fire).

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8 thoughts on “Thursday 12 June 1828

  1. Yes, I agree ‘gutteralized’ makes sense.
    The word on the line below ‘[embossed]’ should I think be ’embosomed’

  2. I did find the word Götterdämmerung buried within British German mythology – meaning the twilight of the gods; their ultimate destruction in a battle with the forces of evil . – Which is not what Anne meant, but that’s why I’m captivated by Anne, she’s leading me off into all sorts of fascinating research (I’ve been a researcher for 30+ years but mostly natural history).

    And that’s where the sideways endeavour is taking me – down the Mariana Belcombe/Lawton route – little known other than from AL’s diaries and books on Anne Lister. Though she was actually three year older than Anne it seems, most references give her as a year older, however she died on October 31st 1868 aged 80, so born @1788. I’m also reading the 1872 novel – The Mistress of Langdale Hall – which is based on Shibden and Anne following research through John Lister who discovered the diaries.The novel gives prose descriptions of Shibden a couple of decades later – really helps root AL into the Yorkshire landscape (not that AL spent that much time there of course).

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