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Record 171

Reading Experience:

'Aucterderran, Fife: In common with the rest of Scotland, the vulgar are, for their station, literate, beyond all other nations. Puritanic and abstruse divinity come in for a sufficient share in their little stock of books; and it is perhaps peculiar to them, as a people, that they endeavour to form opinions by reading, as well as by frequent conversation, on some very metaphysical points connected with religion, and on the depper doctrines of Christianity. They likewise read, occasionally, a variety of other books unconnected with such subjects... Although the parish consists wholly of the poorer ranks of sociey, newspapers are very generally read and attended to'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1791 and 1799
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Auchterderran, Fife
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:the people of Auchterderran, Fife
Age Unknown
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
'the poorer ranks of society'
Occupation: labourers and poor people
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [Puritanic and abstruse divinity texts]
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 171  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Sinclair
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Statistical Account of Scotland
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 1791-99
  Vol: 1
  Page: pp.456-7
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: John Sinclair, The Statistical Account of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1791-99), 1, p. pp.456-7,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:



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