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haul. Vessels hiteiiding to enter the harbour, must
wait the tide, before they cau cross the bai', aud
there are small buoys, which mark the direction.to
lie taken. Thurso is a burgh of barony, holding of
Sir John Sinclair, bart. as superior. The charter
of erection was granted in 1633 by King Chailes 1,
when it was enacted, that Thurso shoultl be entitled
" to all and sundry privileges, immunities, and ju-
risdiction.*, belonging to a free burgh of barony in
Scotland," and to hold a weekly market, and 'five
free fairs yearly, of which only two are kept. It is
governed by a magistracy of two bailies and twelve
councillors, elected by "the superior, aud retained
in office during his pleasure. For the convenience
of trade there is a branch of the Commercial Bank of
Scotland, and another of the Caithness Bank, which
are of material advantage not onlj''to this county, but
also to the Orkney Islands. The harbour, at spring
tides, admits vessels drawing ten feet of water,
and, after passing the bar, they aie in perfect safety;
but for want of a pier, they cannot load or unload,
except at low water. There are eight vessels be-
longing to the town, seven generally employed in
the coasting trade, aud one Leith trader. It is cal-
culated that fish is exported yearly to the amount of
POST OFFICE, Main street.— Post Master, Donald Mc Kay. The Mail to Wick every even-
ing at six, and arrives from thence every i-iorning at ten. TotheOikuey Isles, every forenoon' at ten,
hut the post only goes to the Isles every Wednesday and Saturday, from Huna, and arrives thence at
Thurso, every Wednesday and Saturday evening (weather permitting.) The post to Tongue every Mon-
day morning at ten, and arrives at Thurso every Wednesday and Saturday evening.
tesTABDiSHED Church — Kcv. William Mc Intosh,
Seceders — Rev. John McDonald, Minister
Independent — llev. Alexander Ewing, Minister
10,000/. Tiie parish of Thurso extends about thre«
miles in all directions around the town, except on
the N. W. wheie it is bouuded by the sea; its figure
is irregular, and it contains about 4000 acres of ara-
ble land, besides waste. The sea coast in general is
rocky, but the bay is of fine hard sand, "sheltered
on the W. by Holburn Head, and on the E. hy Dun-
net Head from the tremendous waves of the Pent-
land frith. A little east of the town stands Thurso
East, or Thurso Castle, the seat of Sir John Sin-
clair, which is an excellent ancient building, and in
good repair. Thurso parish g^ave birth to Richard
Oswald, esq. one of the j)lenipoteutiaries from the
court of St. James for settling the jjcace of 1783;
it is also the birth place of Sir John Sinclair, of
Ulbster, whose name will be immortalized by the
statistical account of Scotland, wliich was collected
and pui)lished by his indefatigable exertions. The
sessions of the peace are adjourned from Wick to
Thurso, and vice versa, as occasion may require.
The public dispensary established here is supjiorted
by suDscription. The market is held on Friilay, and
the fairs on the second Tuesday in July, and the
first Tuesday in September.
.William Wilson "^
Morison Snody > Bailies.
George Douglas J
Alexander Brodie, Dean of Guild
Capt, Peter Calder
Capt. David Henderson
Capt. James Henderson
Capt. John Henderson
William Henderson
David LcVuig
George Miller '
David Robeson
Lieut. Wm. Smith
James Waters
Alexander Barnetson, Procurator Fiscal
Robert Rose, Town Clerk ; office, Caithness street
Alexander Rose Mc Leay, collector
William H. Torrence, comptroller
Robert Rose, clerk
George Douglas, surveyor and land waiter
Alexander Bain, tide waiter
JRobert.Pringle, collector
"William Torrence, .supervisor
William Pringle, clerk
William Henderson, distributor
John Reid, surveyor
James Traill, esq. (of Ratter) President
GeorgeSinclair,jun. of Ulbster > ,r.
George Miller f^^'^*^
William Wilson, treasurer
Rev. William Mc Intosh, & Rev. John Mc Donald,
Wm. H. Torrence, surgeon
Robert Rose, secretaiy, Caithness st
James Traill, esq. Sheriff Depute and Commissary
principal of the County
Wm. Henderson, Sheriflf Substitute and Commis-
sary Depute
Alexander Barnetson
James Forrest
Robert Mc Kay
William Manson
Robert Rose
Archibald Shiells
Morison Snody
Robert Thomson
George Douglas, Sheriff's and Commissary Clerk;
office, Sinclair street
>■ Procurators.
Barnetson Lieut. Alex. Tister
Caithnesss Rt. Hon. Earl (Lord
Lieutenant) Barrogill Castle
Calder Capt. Ptr, Mount pleasant
Campbell Capt. Juniper bank
Carnaby Ensign Alexander, Car-
naby's close
Davidson Alex. jun. (factor to the
Rt. Honble Earl Caithness)
Davidson Mrs. Buckles
Dunbar Alex. esq. Scrabster
Ewing Rev. Alex. Millers lane
Grant Mrs. Elizabeth, Main st
Gunn John, esq. Deal
Gunn Lieut. William, Spittle
Henderson Alex. esq. Stempster
Henderson David, esq. Westerdale
Henderson Capt. David, Oldfield
Henderson Capt. James, Janet st
Henderson John, (factor to Sir
John Sinclair) Rotterdam st
Henderson Wm, (of Scots Calder)
Rotterdam st
Innes Robert, gent. Isauld
Innes Major Wm. Sandyside
Jolly Rev. lliomas, sen. Duunet
Jolly Rev. Thos. jun. Dunnet
Mc Donald Rev. John, Dieur-
ness street
Mc Intosh Rev. Wm., Manse
Mc Lean Mrs. Guize
Mc Kay Rev. David, Reay
Mc Kay Adjutant Wm. (3rd Buffs)
Rose st
Mackewzie Rev. George, Olrig
Mackenzie Rev. Wm. Olrig
Miller Daniel, gent. Skinnet
Munro Rev. John, Halkirk
Murray Alex, esq. North Calder

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