The West of Scotland in History


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Author  Joseph Irving
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   June 29, 2012
Pages  374

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Prefatory matter, or Fore-words, as now sometimes used by scholars, better befits the langunge of cxptaiuttion than apology. Oer two centuries since a famous Episcopal Puritan, Archbishop Tillotson by designation, wrote of his once popular Sermons, I shall neither trouble the reader, nor myself, with any apology for publishing of these Sermons, for if they be in any measure truly serviceable to the end for which they are designed, I do not see what apology is necessary; and if they be not so, I am sure none can be sufficient Explanation in such a case may be made in terms equally brief. The slight desultory Sketches making up the following pages have for the most part already appeared in print, as prepared in the hurrjof journalistic work for publicatio Din the Glasgow Herald, daily or weekly, and Evening Times. The writer is not unconscious that in their imperfect form, and for which he is alone responsible, the Sketches only touch the edge of the subject the mere hem of what is historical, and can in no sense be considered exhaustive. A certain picture. Goldsmith wrote, would have been better had the artist taken more pains. So of these Sketches; more and better may follow, should what is written meet with any moderate acceptance of public favour. Reference having occasion to be made from lime to time in the articles as originally written to events of a passing or ephemeral nature, these in the following pages have been either omitted altogether, or explained, it is hoped with sufficient fulness, by the use of dates mthin brackets. Being rather Notes on History than History itself, the writer did not at first contemplate publication in a separate form, and een now only yields to the frequently expressed wish of a few friends that the Sketches might be placed in a handier and more permanent fonn than could be secured through their appearance in any newspape
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