Two Hundred Thousand Hits - Our Story To Date !

200 000 Hits !!! 
Delightedto say thatmy Crieff Strathearn Perthshire Local Historyhas now topped 200 000 hits with over 180 Blogs in 6 years and 3 months .Having writtensome fourbooks on local history , I was determined to have a crack at “ Blogging “ . It was back in February 2012 that I launched it not realising just how popular the history and heritage of the Strath  was! The firstfour years saw the number of hitsclimbto 84 000 but just overtwo years later it hassoared to 200 000 . I thoughtsomewhat naively that I wascateringfor the “ home “ market but indeedthe statsshown below indicate that nearly half the hitscome fromoutside the UK .
Geographical Source of Viewersto the Blog
1.United Kingdom52%
2.USA12.5 %
5.Canada1.5 %
6.France1.5 %
7.Ukraine1.25 %
8.Australia1.25 %
9.Irish Republic1.00 %

Strageath - a Roman camp- a holy well- St Patrick's Church and an old Mill

StrageathA Roman camp- a Holy Well - St Patrick's Church and an old Mill
Keeping the locals quiet !
Fort probably built C. 80 under Agricola, Abandoned briefly in 85-86 AD , reoccupied and the annex probably built at that time.
This is one of the Gask Ridge Forts established between 70 and 80 in the campaigns in Scotland, although the exact dating is uncertain.
The forts ran along the line of this ridge, but extended well south of it as well, and contemporary historians describe the line as the first comprehensive Roman border fortification system.  
Where is Strageath ?( Pronounced Stra -gayth )
From Crieff take the A822 Muthill Road and  turn left at the Templemill sign on the left  just before  you reach Bennybeg .Follow  this twisty  road  for  about 2 miles . The site of the Roman camp is on the right hand  side just before  you reach Strageath Mill Farm ( OS reference NN8918 ) . Park your  car  in the lay by beside  the farm and walk to the Mill and Churchyard .
The old Church is …

The March from Callum’s Hill in Crieff to Tibbermore

An Account Of One Of The Most Bloody Political/Religious Battles Fought In This Part Of Scotland  
The Battle of Tibbermore /Tibbermure 

Victory by the Back Door
The surge in the amount of violence and mayhem in the Middle East and in targeted European (including British) locations has caused  much grief and sadness to innocent families and individuals . Atrocities carried  out in the name of  religion are not something that has  suddenly occurred .They have  been part of society  for longer than we might  imagine .

The period of the 1640s in Scotland  was one of violent confrontation between the Royalists faction supporting the Stewart monarch Charles 1 and the fiercely Presbyterian adherents known as Covenanters . Despite the efforts of James VI to introduce Bishops into the Kirk , the Covenanters  with their  power base in the  south and south west of Scotland were vociferous and militant in pursuit of their cause . In 1644 they marched  south into England  to lend support to the Engl…


By the time Agricola had reached the Forth - Clyde isthmus, he had completed three seasons of operations in Britain and as a result Roman occupied territory had been advanced all the way from North Wales. The permanence of the Roman Walls came after this. Hadrian’s Wall was not started until 122 AD whilst Antonines was later at 142 AD. Agricola based his frontier on marching forts and camps.
Agricola’s initial Governorship should  have been for a three year period . In fact it extended to six years much of which was  spent campaigning in the north beyond the Forth /Clyde isthmus. After he defeated Calgacus at Mons Graupius ( see below )  , he set about establishing his defences. It was however his successor built the forts north of the Forth. There are two main groups of forts north of the Forth. The outer line hugs the edge of the Highlands, the forts usually being placed within the very mouths of the glens. The forts stretch north -east from Drumquhassle at the…

Tom na Chastille

Tom na Chastille

Fully a mile south of the old kirk of Monzievaird lies Trowin or Trewin . Today it is dominated by Baird’s monument sitting atop Tom a Chastille or Castle Hill . Once it was the site of the castle of Earn . In by gone times it was at the north east edge of the Glen Artney deer forest. From its summit beacon fires would proclaim the Earl’s rule over the whole of Strathearn . In 1329 John de Warrens , Earl of Surrey and his wife Joanna , Countess of Strathearn were condemned to imprisonment for life in the castle for complicity with various other lords against King Robert Bruce .. The judgement was given by the Parliament at Scone . Tradition states that castle was burned down in the later part of the 14th century and some noble ladies confined therein were consumed by the flames . About 1790 most of the old stones of the castle were removed to be used as building material for the farm dykes and other enclosures. When excavations were being carried out for the erection o…

Voters Roll for 1832 covering Crieff Auchterarder ComrieBlackford and Fowlis wester

Democracy Arrives !
Having  taught genealogy or family history for  more than fifteen years  to further education students here in Strathearn, I have been aware  of the importance of providing adequate  research sources  for those attempting to find that direct  route back to Adam ! The 1832 Voters Roll was something quite unique aand is not generally available on the internet genealogy web sites . Why was it so important ? 
The Scottish Reform Act 1832 was an Act of Parliament that introduced wide ranging changes to the election laws of Scotland. the Act was passed at approximately the same time as theReform Act 1832 which applied  only  to Wales and England .Before the Act six small Counties elected an MP Only in alternate Parliaments .The Act changed things . Kinross and Clackmannanshire became a  single constituency . Edinburgh and Glasgow  had two MPs whilst Aberdeen , Dundee, Greenock, Paisley and Perth had one each .
The effect of the reform Act was considerable . 5 000 adult male…