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This little book forms a supplement to the volume, entitled Early Travellers in Scotland, which I lately published as a contribution to the early social history of the country. I endeavoured to make that volume as complete a collection as possible, but from the very nature of the subject it could not be exhausted by a single effort. A lucky accident might bring to light some narrative which had escaped the most assiduous special research. The two narratives here produced, therefore, are to be regarded as part of the collection already brought together. Professor Masson has affirmed that the new and rich materials that have come to hand in recent years make it imperatively necessary that the history of Scotland should be re-written; and every one who has any acquaintance with the subject must agree with him. It was, indeed, in the course of a special study connected with Scottish history that the idea occurred to me that a volume such as Early Travellers might be a further contribution towards the work which Professor Masson desiderates.
The longer of the two following narratives is a Journal kept by Thomas Kirk of Cookridge, Yorkshire, of a tour he
Following Sir Egerton Brydges (Censura Literaria, vi. 373), I gave his name as Thomas Kirke of Crookwige in Early Travellers.