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DINGWALL, 29th March, 1892.

To the County Council of Ross and Cromarty.

In conformity with the Regulations of the
Board of Supervision, dated May 1st, 1890, issued in virtue
of the Authority conferred by Section 53 (1) of the Local
Government (Scotland) Act, 1889, I herewith beg to present
to you my Report for 1891, drawn up on the lines laid down
in Section 1. of those Regulations.

I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant,
Medical Officer of Health.


Annual Report for 1891
Medical Officer of Health.

THE County of Ross and Cromarty covers an area of more
than two million acres, of which about one-third may
be described as cultivated, while the remainder is
either untilled or uncultivable Its length may be set down
at sixty-seven miles, and its breadth at fifty-eight. The chief
division is into Insular, West Coast, and East Coast - the two
former being usually grouped together owing to similarity of
climate and likeness in the occupation of the inhabitants, the
bulk of whom devote their attention partly to fishing and
partly to farming. On the East Coast the two avocations are
kept distinct, and the larger portion of the population is strictly
connected with the land. The aggregate number living in the
County all over, according to the census of '91, was 79,667

The climate, on the whole, may be described as genial, and, as
a rule, it is neither very hot nor very cold. It is said that tem-
pests are comparatively rare, and so are fogs and thunderstorms.
The rainfall varies very greatly, being high in the West, becom-
ing less and less as we proceed eastwards; until at Tarbatness
it amounts to scarcely twenty inches per annum.

The Geological features are thus described by Mr Horne:-

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