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Page 504.- In the deep fork of Amerdale. “At the extremity of the parish of Burnsall, the valley of Whai off into two great branches, one of which retains the name of Wha to the source of the river; the other is usually called Littondale, bu anciently and properly Amerdale. Dernbrook, which runs alo obscure valley from the north-west, is derived from a Teutonic signifying concealment."--Dr. Whitaker. Page 505.- When the bells of Rylstone played
Their Sabbath music—“God us ayde.” On one of the bells of Rylstone Church, which seems coeval wit building of the tower, is this cipher, J. N. for John Norton, an motto, “ God us ayde."
Page 506. — The grassy rock-encircled pound Which is thus described by Dr. Whitaker:-"On the plain sumı the hill are the foundations of a strong wall, stretching from the s west to the north-east corner of the tower, and to the edge of a very glen. From this glen, a ditch, several hundred yards long, runs sou another deep and rugged ravine. On the north and west, where banks are very steep, no wall or mound is discoverable, paling being only fence that could stand on such ground."
From the “Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border," it appears that pounds for deer, sheep, &c., were far from being uncommon in the s of Scotland. The principle of them was something like that of a mouse-trap. On the declivity of a steep hill, the bottom and sidi which were fenced so as to be impassable, a wall was constructed ne level with the surface on the outside, yet so high within, that witi wings it was impossible to escape in the opposite direction. Care probably taken that these enclosures should contain better feed than neighbouring parks or forests; and whoever is acquainted with the ha of these sequacious animals, will easily conceive, that if the leader i once tempted to descend into the snare, a herd would follow.
I cannot conclude without recommending to the notice of all lovers beautiful scenery, Bolton Abbey and its neighbourhood. This enchant spot belongs to the Duke of Devonshire.