Crieff at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1897
“To know and understand Crieff as it exists in the year of the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Victoria , it is necessary in the first place to have some years experience in the town , and in the second place to have some sense of observation . There are casts , sets ,cliques and circles , sufficient to make India hide its face in very shame ; and there are more public houses , doctors , lawyers , ministers , billiard rooms and churches than in almost any town in either Scotland , England or Ireland. If you are in one set , you are not in the other , your principal duty is to stick to it . You know the sets by their unfailing attachment ; you know the circles by their consequential airs ; you distinguish the casts by the way they carry their heads ; and you can easily discover the cliques by their unflagging attention to everybodies tourist affairs but their own .