Who were the Picts ?

Who were the Picts ?

Picts , Gaels and Scots ( Foster, SM, 1996)

Who were the Picts ?

Picts , Gaels and Scots ( Foster, SM, 1996) Classical and later historic sources use a variety of evolving terms to signify the people who inhabited Scotland and /or their territorial divisions prior to the late eighth century. Of these terms Picti , first recorded in 297 and derived from the Picts’ own name for themselves , or possibly a Roman nickname meaning ” the painted ones” , has been the most enduring . Then as in later Classical sources, the Picts were referred to as assailants of the Roman frontier in Britain. Much ink has been spilt over what the ancient writers meant by Picts, but it seems to be a generic term for people living north of the Forth - Clyde isthmus who raided the Roman Empire. There is a distinction in archaeological remains to north and south of the Forth- Clyde isthmus in the early centuries which would seem to support this definition, although some archaeologists argue that …

Weaving in Auchterarder

Weaving in Auchterarder   
                      Growth and demise of hand loom weaving and the mills of the town 

Hand loom weavers

Strageath Mill and Churchyard

Now and Then A Trip Around Strathearn 

Comrie 1840s
Ross Bridge Comrie


Aberuchil Castle Graham Mausoleum Auchterarder

  Amulree  Hotel then and 1990s

Ardvreck School

Baird's Monument


A Possible Roman Road Cutting at Innerpeffray Library

Archaeologists have known for a number of years that a well preserved road cutting adjacent to Innerpeffray library was almost certainly of Roman origin. A dig was organised in June 2004 funded by the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust. It coincided with the Exhibition being held that month in the Library “Crieff from 1745 “. The Library itself sits atop an eroded “drumlin “(a hillock formed by glacial deposits) besides a sheer cliff overlooking the Earn. The theory was that this road was constructed by the Romans to bring traffic up from the crossing of the river at the old ford connecting with the road in and around Parkneuk further northwards. The Romans had a fort at Strageath on the south bank of the Earn and this was part of the road system linking then Gask Ridge watch towers and fortlets.

The initial survey levelled the area and discovered that the road had a gradient of about 1:5.7 which would have allowed the passage of wh…

More on Strathearn Standing Stones

We havehad a look at some of the Strath’s megoliths in recent Blogs . Here a few more . Wouldrecommend getting a copy of my oldmate Andrew Finlayson’s The Stones of Strathearn – a great weebookand beautifully produced . Monzie Stone Circle( OS Ref NN882243 ) Thisstone circlelieswithin the Grounds of Monzie Estatesome2 miles orso fromCrieff. There are some ten stones set with their broader faces facing inwards on the circumference of a circle some 17 feet in diameter (5.18 metres). When were thy erected and why ? Probably around 3 000 BC . Theexact purpose of the circle isunclear but Andrew Finlayson in his book describes an interestingexperiencenearhishome base at Tullybannocherjust outside Comrie . “ Standing a little way off ( the stones ) I watched as the moonset between the riflefore – sight I made of the two stones . I was delightedtonotice that the alignmentalso captured the stone circle that was Druimna Cillehalfway up the hilla mile orso north west . “ This addsto the theory that…

Strathearn Fairs

Strathearn Fairs St Thomas the Apostle - the original patron Saint
of the Town

The Fairs in Strathearn as elsewhere were anciently sanctioned by the Church , and derived their name
from some saint . In 1745 , the following Fairs were held as under :
St Mavains , at Fowlis Wester on 26th October .
St Thomas , at Crieff on 21st December .
St Patrick’s , at Strageath ( Lady Market) on 17th March . St Frances , at Crieff , on the 3rd Tuesday of June .
Michaelmas , at Crieff , on 29th November .
This last was the greatest cattle market in Scotlandand was , by Act of Parliament, removed in 1773 ,
to Falkirk. In 1734 the customs of the Fairs of Crieff and Fowlis Wester , collected for the Earl of
Perth by Thomas Caw , Milnab , amounted to nearly £600 Scots . From this was paid a large sum to the market guards and pipers , and for entertainment given by the Earl to his tenants and feuars attending
the Fairs . In consequence of the feuds which prevailed in the districts , and the wild Highla…