Substantial typescript, apparently unpublished, of a 'Digest Gazetteer of Scottish Lochs & Rivers', with entries giving a mass of geographic information under 33 shires, and also including details of local hotels for each shire. With six photographs.

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[Digest Gazetteer of Scottish Lochs & Rivers; geography of Scotland; salmon fishing; angling]
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Without place. [1920s.] Containing two photographs with the stamp of the Scotsman and Evening Dispatch, Edinburgh.
£750.00
SKU: 18964

341pp., foolscap 8vo, typed onto rectos only, and with the main text paginated in blue pencil to 252pp. Six black and white illustrative photographs laid down, two with the stamp of 'The Scotsman' newspaper on the reverse. A substantial volume, bound with string and staples, with thumb index. In brown wraps, with typed label on front: 'DIGEST GAZETTEER | OF | SCOTTISH LOCHS & | RIVERS'. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. The volume, which from the references to telephone numbers can be dated to the 1920s, is apparently unpublished, with no record of the title on either OCLC WorldCat or COPAC, and no indication that it was published under a different title, is a highly finished and professionally piece of work, with only one minor emendation in pencil. Considering the vast amount of effort involved in its compilation, it is highly likely it was intended for publication (the inclusion of photographs from the 'Scotsman' perhaps providing a clue). The gazetteer is divided into the following 33 shires: Aberdeenshire; Ayrshire; Argyllshire; Banffshire; Berwickshire; Buteshire; Caithness; Clackmannanshire; Dumbartonshire; Dumfriesshire; East Lothian or Haddingtonshire; Elginshire or Moray; Fife or Fifeshire; Forfarshire; Inverness-shire; Kincardineshire; Kircudbrightshire; Kinross-shire; Lanarkshire; Midlothian or Edinburghsire; Nairnshire; Orkney; Peeblesshire; Perthshire; Renfrewshire; Ross and Cromarty; Roxburghshire; Shetland; Selkirkshire; Stirlingshire; Sutherland; West Lothian or Linlithgowshire; Wigtownshire. A general description of each of the 33 shires is followed by an alphabetical list of its features. A typical entry will give an indication of the mass of information contained within: 'Cumnock, New [Ayrshire], a village and a parish of Kyle district, in the E of the county. The Nith, here shallow and sluggish, rising in the SW corner, winds 15 ¾ miles N, NE, and E, through the interior. Of its numerous feeders here, the principal is Afton Water, flowing 9 miles N from the S extremity of the parish. The drainage thus goes mainly to the Solway, but partly also to the Firth of Clyde, as Black and Guelt Waters, sub-affluents of the river Ayr, trace most of the Ochiltree and Auchinleck boundaries. NW of the village are three little lochs in a row: Meikle Creoch (3 X 2 ¾ furl.), Little Creoch (3 X 1 ¼ furl.) and Black Loch (2 X 1 furl.).' Each sections is followed by a list of the shire's hotels, totalling 45pp., giving the name and telephone number of each hotel, with its number of bedrooms, and the 'Bed & B[rea]kf[a]st' and 'Weekly' rates. (For example, the Tower Hotel, Clackmannan ('Tel: Alloa 252'), has 5 bedrooms, and rates of 8s 6d, bed and breakfast, and 3 guineas, weekly.) References to fishing abound; for example, the entry on the Isle of Mull concludes: 'the waters of the island have much to offer in the form of salmon and trout fishing, sea trout especially, from July onwards, affording capital sport'; and the description of West Lothian concludes: 'Some of the streams at one time afforded fair fishing, but pollution has completely destroyed it.' The first section is followed by two pages, each headed 'Memoranda for Anglers' but otherwise blank.