CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 38/54
TitlePapers of David Skene: correspondence: Letter from George Skene, Madeira, to David Skene in which he gives a further description of Madeira, 5 February 1770.
Date5 February 1770
Extent1 item
Creator NameGeorge Skene was the brother of David Skene (1731 - 1770) and the son of Andrew Skene.
DescriptionLetter from George Skene, Madeira, to David Skene in which he continues to describe Madeira. He describes the island as resembling the highlands of Scotland from a distance and covered in broom or prickly pear when uncultivated; they have a few species of trees including pines, walnut and chestnut trees; they have oranges, lemons, limes, pompions and peaches; there are few wild beasts but rabbits, goats and small cows exist; their birds include quails, partridges, linnets, goldfinches, canary birds and gulls; goods are transported on sledges pulled by small cows; ships are only allowed to call at 'Fanchall' (modern Funchal); they are mainly Scottish and Irish; they get their butter mainly from Ireland; the richer folk get their bread from Britain; the soil is good but the people are lazy; cultivation of wine is the main occupation of the people, they annually export £1000 Hds of wine; they get snow on the hills; he has taken no wine - the dearest is £30; he is tired of the sea and would take his chances at home but will be guided by his brother's advice, 5 February 1770.
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