Place-Names of Scotland (Classic Reprint)by James B. Johnston
That this book is an attempt, only an attempt, with many deficiencies, the writer of it is a well aware. The would-be severest critic could not criticise it more severely than he. But a pioneer may surely at all times claim a certain measure of grace and indulgence, if the critic find here anything that is truly useful all, he is
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That this book is an attempt, only an attempt, with many deficiencies, the writer of it is a well aware. The would-be severest critic could not criticise it more severely than he. But a pioneer may surely at all times claim a certain measure of grace and indulgence, if the critic find here anything that is truly useful all, he is courteously entreated to lend his much-needed aid to make the book better, instead of picking out the many shortcomings which a first attempt in this philological field cannot but display. The book has been long a-gathering, and has been compiled in the mere shreds and fragments of time which could be spared from the conscientious discharge of exceptionally heavy ministerial work. It has been composed away from all large libraries, to which the writer was only able to make occasional reference; and both in the writing and in the passing through the press - though he has done his best - he has been subject to incessant interruption. But nobody else had hitherto attempted a task, whose accomplishment not a few seemed to desire; hence this book.
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