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Principal Cairns

Famous Scots Series

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Author: John Cairns
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,016 / 135 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.6
LoC Category: CT
Series: Famous Scots
Downloads: 943
Added to site: 2005.12.14
mnybks.net#: 12150
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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omonds in the background. The land is mostly bare of trees, but there is a notable exception to this in the profound ravines which come down from the hills to the sea, and whose banks are thickly clothed with fine natural wood.

Of these, the Pease Dean has already been mentioned. Close beside it is the Tower Dean, so called from an ancient fortalice of the Home family which once defended it, and which stands beside a bridge held in just execration by all cyclists on the Great North Road. But, unquestionably, the finest of all the ravines in these parts is Dunglass Dean, which forms the western boundary of Cockburnspath parish, and divides Berwickshire from East Lothian. From the bridge by which the Edinburgh and Berwick road crosses the dean, at the height of one hundred feet above the bed of the stream, the view in both directions is extremely fine. About a hundred and fifty yards lower down is the modern railway bridge, which spans the ravine in one gigantic arch forty feet higher than the older structur

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