English ". Perhaps gentle - agreeable or kindly is an apt translation . The following extract is from one of my favourite collections " Crieff : Its Traditions and Characters " written in 1881 by a certain D McAra . MacAra is somewhat overshadowed by the rather patrician historian Porteous whose 1908 epic “ A History of Crieff ” is still regarded as the ultimate account of things in and around the town . MacAra – a couthie individual by all accounts, captures much of the lost sentiment of yester year when the pace of things in that pre technology age was that little bit slower ! The appended tale of trades of the past depicts a world of rural artisans working at things which in this modern age are all but forgotten !