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Jacobites in Strathearn ( Part Two )

The defeat at Culloden however was a signal for the Hanoverian establishment led  by the odious Duke of Cumberland aka “ Stinking Willie “ to carry out a campaign of virtual genocide  to eradicate a  culture , a people and a proud society . Much has  been written  regarding support  for  the Jacobite cause in Scotland as a  whole. In Perthshire Strathearn we  find  much distortion of the truth mostly  spun  not by the English politicians  but mainly  by the fanatically zealous Calvanistic  Presbyterians who had never  hidden their hatred  of the mainly Episcopalian and Catholic Jacobites .
The support within  Strathearn  for the Jacobites was  considerable mainly  attributable  to the fact that the Lairds of the land such as the Drummonds , Murrays and Grahams had raised  considerable  numbers  from their  territories to fight for the cause . Much of this  has  been air brushed from history and accordingly I list below  a synopsis  of  some of those from Strathearn and Southern Perthsh…

Crieff Shops and businesses 100 years ago ( names & places ) - Part Two

List of the Retail and Business Outlets in Crieff in 1913/1914 giving name of proprietor and address - Part Two
One Hundred Years Ago !
This is Part Two of the Blog  published on the 29th August 2013 I have listed all the names  and addresses of the businesses and professions . Of the ten banks listed only two ( the Bank of Scotland and the Clydesdale ) remain . Campbell the Bakers is still in King Street albeit at a different address . Of the other names that still trade  we have solicitors  Graham & Finlayson in Comrie Street , Frank Thomson in East High Street and the Strathearn Herald is still around  but operating from Perth and not Crieff . Such is
change !

Bakers (6)
Hugh Campbell 2 King Street
Crieff Cooperative Society East High Street
David Ferguson 53 King Street
Peter McCowan Comrie Street
WH McKinlay26 High Street
Robert Taylor 50 High Street and 1 King Street
Banks (10 )
Bank of Scotland Galvelmore Street
British Linen CoBank High Street
Clydesdale Bank Ltd West High …

The Strathearn Village of Dunning and its fascinating heritage

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We are fortunatein havingnumeroussmall villages and places of historic interestscatteredthroughout the Strath . Undoubtedly one of the villageswhich stands out amongst the best in terms ofboth ancient and modern heritageis Dunning . Located south of the River Earn at thefoot ofthe Ochil Hills , ithas a uniquepast well guarded and protectedby the Dunning Parish Historical Society . The Society has been active over the decades having undertakennumerous schemes aimed at preserving a respectand knowledge of life as it was in thisquiet part of Perthshire Founded in 1992 it currently hasover300 members and apart from awell designed and informative web site it holdsregularmeetings in the village addressedby a variety of speakers on selectedtopicsof interest .
The Society has transcribed various censusreturnsfor the village and these areavailableto downloadare consult on theirweb site . Again in a genealogical vein , DPHS has produced a grave yardsurvey of…

Heritage Restored - The Wild Beauty of Rannoch

Renovation nearly completed 
Rannoch Lodge before the fire  I am consciousof the needto ensure that ourheritage is beingcaredfor andthatfuturegenerationscan appreciate the wonderful fabric of lifehere in Perthshire- the “ big county “ ! Heritageofcourse comesin a variety ofdifferent forms be itin the material fabricof a building , a place or indeed a spokenword . For some considerable time , I havebeen involvedin advisingand assisting in the restoration of one of Perthshire’s oldest houses – Rannoch Lodge , located at the west end of Loch Rannoch . This isa part of Scotlandthat is often missedby thetourist due to itscomparative isolation . Loch Rannoch is some ninemiles in length withroads on both sides . Referredto by Alasdair Alpin MacGregor as the Loch of the Vanquished Clans in his book “ Wild Drumalbain ” itisbetter known perhaps as the Road to the Isles :
Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles.
If it's thinkin…

Our lost heritage

The language of Crieff and Strathearn in the 1790s and how a concertedeffort was made in the 18th Century to remove Gaelic as the spoken language of the people

Likemany Scots , I have a thoroughly mixed pedigree .I do believe that this factor , perhapsmore than anyother , allowsone to analyse and appreciateone’s genetic heritage without the innate prejudice that all too frequently mars true objectivity in Scottishdiscussions especially those concerning politics and religion ! My maternal great grand parents Archibald and Mary McFarlanewereborn and raised in thedelightful Kintyre village of Clachan some miles south of the fishing port of Tarbert on Loch Fyne in the County of Argyll – the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada . They were first cousins – theirfathers Duncan and Archibald McFarlanebeing brothers. Archibaldwassome eleven years older thanMary andwas a widower at the time of their marriage in Campbeltown in 1864 . Both were native Gaelic speakers and were educated at the smallvillage …