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Now and Then A Trip Around Strathearn 

Comrie 1840s
Ross Bridge Comrie


Aberuchil Castle Graham Mausoleum Auchterarder

  Amulree  Hotel then and 1990s

Ardvreck School

Baird's Monument


A Possible Roman Road Cutting at Innerpeffray Library

Archaeologists have known for a number of years that a well preserved road cutting adjacent to Innerpeffray library was almost certainly of Roman origin. A dig was organised in June 2004 funded by the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust. It coincided with the Exhibition being held that month in the Library “Crieff from 1745 “. The Library itself sits atop an eroded “drumlin “(a hillock formed by glacial deposits) besides a sheer cliff overlooking the Earn. The theory was that this road was constructed by the Romans to bring traffic up from the crossing of the river at the old ford connecting with the road in and around Parkneuk further northwards. The Romans had a fort at Strageath on the south bank of the Earn and this was part of the road system linking then Gask Ridge watch towers and fortlets.

The initial survey levelled the area and discovered that the road had a gradient of about 1:5.7 which would have allowed the passage of wh…

More on Strathearn Standing Stones

We havehad a look at some of the Strath’s megoliths in recent Blogs . Here a few more . Wouldrecommend getting a copy of my oldmate Andrew Finlayson’s The Stones of Strathearn – a great weebookand beautifully produced . Monzie Stone Circle( OS Ref NN882243 ) Thisstone circlelieswithin the Grounds of Monzie Estatesome2 miles orso fromCrieff. There are some ten stones set with their broader faces facing inwards on the circumference of a circle some 17 feet in diameter (5.18 metres). When were thy erected and why ? Probably around 3 000 BC . Theexact purpose of the circle isunclear but Andrew Finlayson in his book describes an interestingexperiencenearhishome base at Tullybannocherjust outside Comrie . “ Standing a little way off ( the stones ) I watched as the moonset between the riflefore – sight I made of the two stones . I was delightedtonotice that the alignmentalso captured the stone circle that was Druimna Cillehalfway up the hilla mile orso north west . “ This addsto the theory that…
The Dargill Standing Stone near the A822 Crieff - Muthill Road 

 Most of us  have  passed this ubiquitous  stone  standing solitary guard as you enter the town . The Dargill or MacLaren's  stone has been around for  some 6 000 years and is older than  the Pyramids of Egypt.

Archaeological investigation over the years has  revealed more of its origins than one would have imagined . In 1911 archaeologist FR Coles  revealed that two similar  stones had  been removed two years earlier in 1909 . The  existing stone stands 2.4 metres high ( 7 '10" )and is almost square in cross section ( 1.5 x 1.2 metres at base . ) Aerial photographs show crop marks  that suggest the standing stone was once  part of a complex landscape . There are four large pits  near the stone and to the east of it are smaller pits  arranged in a  circle with a diameter  of some 40 metres .Coles  suggested in 1911 that this was  the remains of a stone circle and that the large pits represent sockets  for …

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…