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following item appeared in Ayrshire
Notes published by the Ayrshire ArchŠological & Natural History Society.
Thanks to David McClure and his Ayrshire
History site for this item.
This commentary on
Pigot's Directory appeared in the Kilmarnock Weekly Post in June 1860:
Directory - The titles of some books are but a sorry index of their contents.
They are sometimes such that the most learned would shrink to own, and promise
information which it is not in the power of man to bestow. In short, they are
literary shams. Piggott's Directory for Scotland is now lying before us. It is
not a literary work in the common acceptation of the term. It is a matter of
fact thing, and the information it has to communicate lies perfectly within the
reach of the understanding - indeed, within the reach of an ordinary man of
business, if he were to set his mind to it. Yet this book, in a very large part,
has a wrong title applied to it. It should have been called a misdirectory. We
glanced over a portion under the head Kilmarnock, and blunders egregious and
numerous presented themselves. We gave up the task of scrutinising as too
laborious and disagreeable, and shut the book, which is badly printed and
miserably bound. We hope, for the sake of commercial men who require a reliable
directory, that if ever the publishers or proprietors of Piggott prepare another
issue, they will exhibit that scrupulous care which such a