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ANALYSIS OF CANTO II.
COMPARISON of the windings of Clyde to the links of ForthAllusion to Hamilton the poet-Rutherglen-Horse-racingVillas in the vicinity of Glasgow-Bathing—Military exercises -Bleaching-Glasgow-Variety of studies in the University -Assemblies—A wedding—A funeral — St. Mungo--Comparison of Glasgow to London as a commercial mart-Canal between Forth and Clyde compared to the ancient Roman wall -Allusion to the battles of Falkirk and Bannockburn-Carron and its founderies—The Grahams-Scotstown and Renfield compared to two rival beauties viewing themselves in the same glass - Ancient families of Renfrewshire — Paisley — Crookstone -- Allusion to Mary Queen of Scots - Battle of Langside - Finlayston — Origin of the Cunninghams—Dumbarton, or Alclutha-Buchanan-Allusion to Ossian's fall of Balclutha—Leven-Floating isle in Lochlomond-Origin of the Campbells — Lowdon-Ardencaple-Roseneath-GreenockBute-Allusion to the battle of Largs-Arran-Cunningham -Kyle—Kintyre,Ailsa—Allusion to the sea-fight between Elliot and Thurot,Address of Clyde to his tributary streams -Sunset.
Boast not, great Forth, thy broad majestic tide,
(1) [The beauties of this portion of the Clyde have been recently celebrated in a descriptive poem, entitled “Dychmont,' by John Struthers, the author of The Poor Man's Sabbath,' and other pieces of much poetical merit. Dychmont or Dechmont is the name of a hill, about 600 feet high, in the centre of the Rutherglen and Cathkin tumuli, where there were, 50 years ago, indications of an ancient place of strength, and where our forefathers lighted their beltane fires, commanding an extensive view of the windings of the river, the city and Cathedral of Glasgow, and the strath from Lanark to Dumbarton.)
(2) (Lieutenant William Hamilton, author of a metrical version of the
Old Rutherglen his designation brings
To try the vigour of the generous horse,
When, robed in emerald vest, awakening spring Invites the flowers to spread, and birds to sing, Fair Glasgow pours her wealthy merchants round, Whose numerous villas crowd the fertile ground. 40
Life of Sir William Wallace, and the friend and poetical correspondent of Allan Ramsay. He lived many years, first at Gilbertfield and then at Latrick, the one mansion being on the north and the other on the south side of the druidic 'Dychmont.')
(1) [Rutherglen is one of the most ancient of the Scottish burghs; hav. ing been erected into a free burgh at least as early as 1126, and was even then a place of considerable strength and importance; it being the only trading and commercial town in the west, and comprehending within its limits the present city of Glasgow. It lies nearly in the centre of the great coal basin of the Clyde. The pits at Wellshot in the neighbourhood are supposed to have been wrought during three centuries. Its miners constituted during a long period an important portion of the population, and appear to have caused anxiety to the presbytery of the bounds during the 16th century by their fishing of salmon and settling their accounts on Sunday, &c.—The name of this burgh and parish is well known in connexion with the superior breed of West country horses which are reared in it, and still more from the numbers of the same degree of excel lence which are sold at its fairs.)