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Jacobites of Strathearn - the'45 Put Into Perspective

Jacobites of Strathearn
Charles Edward Stewart
"Butcher"  Cumberland
The Union of 1707 between Scotland and England was highly unpopular with the vast majority of the population in Scotland. Several articles of the Act of Union agreement were economically favourable to landowners in Scotland, but failed to deliver any economic advantages to the majority of the population for over thirty years. Discontent was widespread and food riots occurred in the east coast burghs as the effects of famine were compounded by union taxes. Although the situation induced resistance to union-economics, it didn’t translate as universal support for the Jacobite cause of keeping the Stuarts on the throne in London. Many in Scotland now associated the Stuarts with Catholicism and suppression of the Protestant Kirk. The Union was designed to put an end to Jacobite hopes of a Stuart restoration by ensuring the German Hanoverian dynasty succeeded Queen Anne upon her death. However, the Stuarts did sti…

Yes – These Are Really Strathearn Names !

Yes – These Are Really Strathearn Names !

                                                                              Ysenda Maxtone Graham

If one one Googles  “ Gorthy” ,one  comes  up with  a clutch of obscurities  who are in all probability enthusiastic  Facebookers  but  have without a doubt, little connection with the Strathearn place of that name  . You may of  course be fortunate to hit the name “ Gorthy Wood “ – now a Forestry Commission Scotland Wood , where  one can amble,  ad infinitum , and enjoy the pleasures  of rural Perthshire . There is however  a  much finite and exact  meaning to that old  word . Gorthy was a Barony of  Strathearn and is very much steeped in the history and story of our unique part  of Perthshire .
In the beginning of the 13th Century , then Estate of Gorthy was owned  by a Laird who bore the Christian name of Tristram  and used as a surname ( when surnames were not common ) – the designation of his lands – Gorthy- Tristram of Gorthy  . …

Bridgend and Crieff in the Early 19th Century

McNee's Jamary about 1900 My recentpiece on cock fighting in Crieff in theearly part of the 19th century proved an interesting look atthe way oflifeof yesteryear . The same little book “ Crieff in the Victorian Era “ containsnumerouslittle gems . I havesingled out a brief essay looking at the Bridgend circa 1830s . Bridgendwasverymuch its own place in those daysand Bridgenders didnot consider themselves partand parcel of the “ toon up the hill ” !As onedrivessouth towards the bridge note the higgledypiggy nature of the street scapewithhouses and cottages jutting outat awkwardangles in total disregardfor auniform building line ! Many of these old cottagesstill havean appendageat the rear which in daysgone by wasthe loom shed – now transformedby Ikea or its likes into modern fitted kitchens ! This was a community dependant on weaving - initially wool, then  linen and then eventually cotton. The web – masters ormiddle men such as the father of James MacRosty lived inthe “ up market“ …

Cock Fighting In Crieff -Big Crowds and Big Money In The 19th Century !


Asa collectorof the odd littlebook or pamphlet , I neverceaseto enjoy whatwas writtenin daysgone by .I procured a small bookletmany yearsback from a local sourceandalthoughin a somewhat shabby condition, it isfull ofdelightful littlecameos of the Crieff of yesteryear . Entitled “Crieff in the Victorian Era”by “ Dixon “ itis on parwith Macara for its colloquial and couthydelights !Written inwonderfullydescriptivestyle ithasstoodout in my thoughtsfor many a year .Thefollowing is a taleconcerning what was Strathearn’smain sporting interest in the early part of the 19th Century . No it wasn’t football or golfbutcock fighting . Notacceptable in this day and ageand an undoubtedly cruel and somewhat barbaric past time , itattracted much interest and followingin thosefar off days . Cock fightingwas popular with the general public as it attracted a large amount of betting with considerable stake money going to the winning owner.This little tale is not intended a s a defenceof the pastbutp…

What a " Relief " - a tale about our religious past and a forgotten Kirk that still stands!

                                              The first Episcopal Church in Lodge Street
 The new Relief Kirk aka Crieff Primary School Dining Hall

Crieff's first Baptist Church                                      The Relief Kirk as depicted in Porteous about 1910

 Crieff's unknown buildings ! The Relief Kirk 2012 When future generationsstudy the social history of Strathearn and particularly the town of Crieff , onespecificthing will no doubtstandout as being somewhatdifferentfrom other parts of rural Scotland . I refer specifically to the incrediblenumber of places of worship wide scattered around with many located in the most surprising places. I am no expert in the ecclesiastical idiosyncrasies of our fore fathers but inthe course of a number ofyears I have realised that much of what hasbeen written about the last few centuries failsto stand up to scrutiny whenone applies the basics of historical analysis .
One associatesreligiousdiscordas beinga West of Scotlandphenomenon …