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Town and Parish.
AIRD AND COGHILL, PRINTERS,
203 ARGYLE STREET.
The idea of writing a history of Kirkintilloch had casually occurred to me for a good many years past, but several considerations prevented its taking practical shape.
My life has not been an idle one—if I may be permitted to say so—and I could not afford the requisite time for such a work—besides, I hoped that some one trained to literature and better qualified, might undertake it.
When I left Scotland for New Zealand, ten years ago with the expectation of leaving my bones in that country
-of course the thing passed from my mind. But having in the good Providence of God returned to my native land, and finding the field still unoccupied, while circuinstances compelled me to involuntary leisure; the old idea returned, and became a fixed resolution; the result being the present volume.
I have been greatly encouraged in my task by the ready assistance and information which I have received on all hands.
My thanks are due in the first place to Rev. Thomas Somerville of Glasgow who has given the sketch of Bailie Gemmill ; to Mr. James Blackwood who has contributed the articles on the Poets, David Gray, and Walter Watson,