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St Beans Kirk in Fowlis Wester Strathearn

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St Beans Kirk
INTRODUCTION 

There hasbeen achurchon thissite dating in probabilityback to the seventh or eighth century . The present building was reconstructedto the plans of architect J Jeffrey Waddell in 1927 .To his credit , he retainedmuch of its historical past in the present fabric . There is a reconstruct leper squint in line with the alter . Leprosy wasa common disease in medieval Scotland and indeed King Robert the Brucewas sufferer . The association of the Moray / Moray-Stirling family ofnearby Abercairney with the Kirk is clear to see . There is a panel bearing the coat of arms of Colonel William Moray - Stirling and above thisa stone inscribed WsM ( Sir William Moray of Abercairney ) dated1640 .Externally , Waddell added the crowsteppedgablesand retainedthe18th century bird cage bellcote (bell tower ) above the main entrance door.
Fowlis Wester is a charming littlevillage which with the changes in the roadsystem in the 19th century has becomesomewhat unique in Streathearn. …
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Episcopacy in Strathearn
A History of the Church at Muthill from the earliest times to the present day
( written in 1907 )
An Early Period


The beautiful valley of the earn extending from Balquhidder to Newburgh was in olden days one of the distant routes of communication between the extreme west of Scotland and the east . The influence of the first Christian missionaries beginning in the west of Argyllshire soon extended itself to the east by the valleys lying between Loch Lomond and Loch Earn , and the track of  the missionaries can  still be made out  with little difficulty  by the existence of place names and  Church dedications .
Of the character  of that Irish Christianity  that thus came into Scotland ,there is little dispute  today .Generally speaking it partook of the character of ordinary Western Christianity , with this exception that whereas in the more highly organised parts of Western Europe it was diocesan , in Ireland and Scotland  it was at that time monastic. The Celti…

Samhain or Halloween ?? A Look Into Our Past traditions

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Samhain or Halloween ?? A Look Into Our Past traditions




As a war time babe , I recall growing up in the ‘40s and lookingforwardto celebratingHalloween at the end of October . Thingschange with time .In thosefar off days we went guysing with our turnip lanterns to immediate neighbours andafter performingand entertaining them with ashort poem , asongorperhapseven a few stale jokes ,wewouldbegiven our “ Halloween” . This was usually a couple of apples or a banana or orange. I f we were extremelyfortunatewe mightevenbethe recipientsof ahandful of “ coppers “ . Such was the simplicity of life in an age when the internet, mobile phones didnot exist andthe telly was in itsblack and white infancy . The term “ trickor treat“ resided alone across the Pond and was unheard ofin the outlying regions of auld Scotia.The turnip lantern seems to have given wayto its pumpkin cousin which in reflection seems a definite improvement!

This ancient Scottish festival datesbackwaybeyond the Christian era ands…

Crieff Past and Present : The Cross of Crieff and Drummond Cross 14 January 1888

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About forty years ago, a neighbouring distiller allowed information to reach the ears of the Excise that a number of respectable people in the Town had obtained smuggled spirits though his servants. A little panic was caused, and the books of the establishment were placed in the hands of the local Sheriff – Clerk’s hands .Next morning placards were posted over the town offering a reward of £50 to any person who would give information as to who broke into the Sheriff- Clerk’s Office and stole the Distillery books. The knowing ones did not hesitate to say that the books would never turn up. It was surmised that they were burned .The carters of the distillery also disappeared, and the case went no further.
The Cross of Crieff stands between High Street and East High Street, and was for long the market place where farmers and their wives appeared each week to dispose of their butter, cheese and eggs and tradesmen and butchers retailed their wares.
The Cross Stone is said to have been at Tro…

St Fillan   Historic Scenes of Perthshire

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                                              St Fillan


Historic Scenes of Perthshire
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The Rev William Marshall
(1880)




As we approach Loch Earn, we come to a scene consecrated by its connection with the famous St Fillan, who evangelised the country here and in the wilds of Breadalbane, and whose arm did such wonders on the field of Bannockburn. The beautiful hill covered with verdure to the top, and the green of which contrasts so strikingly with the brown and the grey of the adjacent heights, is Dunfillan, the hill of St Fillan. The rock on the top of it was the Saint’s Chair. The spring, now days at the foot of the it, was the Saint’s Well. It was originally on the top of the hill; but, disgusted with the Reformation from Popery, which, like Archbishop Laud, it regarded as rather the “ Deformation “, it removed to the foot of the hill. St Fillan drank of the waters of this Well, and blessed them. The consequence was that they were endowed with miraculous healing powers; and, till even …
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College House Crieff( A letter written to the Strathearn Herald by Frederika Constance Cummings on September 6th 1918)




Introduction 

Constance Frederica “Eka” Gordon-Cumming (26 May 1837 – 4 September 1924) was a travel writer and painter. She was born on 26 May 1837 at Altyre, near Forres in Scotland, the 12th child of a wealthy family. Her parents were Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 2nd Baronet, and Elizabeth Maria (Campbell) Cumming. She was the aunt of Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 4th Baronet. She grew up in Northumberland, and was educated at Fulham, London. She taught herself how to paint, and had help from artists visiting her home, including one of Queen Victoria's favorite painters, Sir Edwin Landseer. After spending a year in India in 1867 and writing in In the Himalayas and on the Indian Plains (1884)[1] she became interested in travel.
Gordon-Cumming was a prolific travel writer and landscape painter who traveled the world, mostly in Asia and the Pacific. She painted over a …
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William SmeatonA Crieff Worthy of Yesteryear ( Macara 1881)



William Smeaton was well known in his day as a keen angler, and his narrative powers were of a high order. This latter was generally used to recount the deeds of the former, which were at times extraordinary. He lived in North Bridgend near the River Earn, and had ample scope to improve his talents. He could dress a good fly hook, and while at work, with a good listener beside him, his hands and eloquence would work at high pressure. He assured his hearers that he best way to make sure of having the proper flyfor a particular stream was to go to the stream , catch a specimenof the water fliesin the locality , dress a hook to the pattern, and , to make an assurance doubly sure, fix the newly madehook to the lineand hang it so as to touch the water, strip yourself , and after plunging into the water , look up through the liquid elementand judge of yourhandiwork . He had now and again presentiments of fish being at particular plac…