Memoir of the Life of Major-General Colby ...: Together with a Sketch of the Origin and Progress of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain and Ireland ...

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Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, 1869 - 316 pages
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Page 310 - He was a fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh, and a member of some other learned bodies.
Page 165 - J or ^, in value, as we conceive, to that which is profitable and good; 4th, the names of the proprietor or proprietors who have lands within the said towne soe called or distinguished, or a note of the said lands itts being in controversy ; 5th, the quantity of acres in the said...
Page 170 - ... Lands in Ireland." And likewise another ordinance of the thirteenth of November, one thousand six hundred forty and seven. Upon which several Acts and ordinances great sums of money have been subscribed and paid in to the respective treasurers therein named, which by the said Acts and ordinances are to be satisfied by several proportions of the lands of the rebels aforesaid. And whereas, also, several great sums of money are grown due and in arrear...
Page 168 - ... but it remained for Dr. Petty, to originate the idea of connecting the separate operations, into a general survey of the three provinces which were not comprised in the Strafford Survey. His great step was making territorial and natural boundaries the main objects, instead of estate boundaries alone ; because the former were permanent and enduring, the latter in their nature fluctuating, and destined to change by the very purpose for which the survey itself was made. The insertion which he enjoined...
Page 196 - Among the valuable records in the custody of Sir William Betham, there is a memorandum of an order from the King (Charles II.), stating that the " barbarous and uncouth names of places" in Ireland, much retard the reformation of the country, and directing the Lord Lieutenant and Council to change such names into others more suitable to the English tongue, annexing the ancient names in every grant so altered. This appears to have been subsequently embodied in the Act of Explanation, of which it forms...
Page 48 - The anomalies which have occurred in the measures of degrees, and of which the appearances seem to increase in proportion as greater pains are taken to avoid inaccuracy, have naturally drawn the attention of mathematicians ; and the question, what part of them is to be ascribed to error, and what to irregularities in the structure of the globe, has come, of course, to be considered.
Page 138 - Town, at a distance of twenty-four miles ; and Captain Colby having, according to his usual practice, ascertained the general direction by means of a pocket compass and map, the whole party set off, as...
Page 174 - ... say that there is not one of these precautions which was not found indispensable on the similar work of the Ordnance Survey, and it is even more remarkable that clear directions on the same points were laid down also in the similar instructions prepared by the able director of that work, Colonel, now General Colby, who, it is needless to say, had never seen or heard of the archives and documents we are now consulting and printing. Many of the instructions of Dr. Petty and Colonel Colby might...
Page 19 - Accurate surveys of a country are universally admitted to be works of great public utility, as affording the surest foundation for almost every kind of internal improvement in time of peace, and the best means of forming judicious plans of defence against the invasions of an enemy in time of war ; in which last circumstance, their importance usually becomes the most apparent.
Page 170 - Satisfaction of the Adventurers for Lands in Ireland, and of the Arrears due to the Soldiery there, and of other publique Debts1.

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