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The Terrible Parish : St Beans Church Kinkell and about that airt .

Oh what a Parish , what a terrible parish Oh what a Parish is that of Kinkell  They has hangit the minister , drooned  the precentor Dunged doon the steeple and drunken the bell 

Virtually forgotten , St Beans, the old Kirk of Kinkell is a peaceful haven in a spectacular  setting overlooking the Earn . If stones could talk !

The Medieval Church of  St Beans and the churchyard 

Followers of my Blogs  might recall that I covered  the last execution on the " Kind Gallows " of  Crieff  and that the poor person was none other than the Minister of Kinkell, one |Richard Duncan . Th poor  guy had  been accused and found guilty of the murder of a child . The body had been discovered hidden under the hearth stone . The child was that of  Duncan's maid - servant and  he was  condemned  to hang  at the Crieff Stayt  by the Fourth Earl of  Perth and Steward of Strathearn . 
A reprieve  had  been obtained but  by the time the messenger bearing the brfief  had  arrived in Crieff it was tw…

St Beans Kirk in Fowlis Wester Strathearn

St Beans Kirk

There hasbeen achurchon thissite dating in probabilityback to the seventh or eighth century . The present building was reconstructedto the plans of architect J Jeffrey Waddell in 1927 .To his credit , he retainedmuch of its historical past in the present fabric . There is a reconstruct leper squint in line with the alter . Leprosy wasa common disease in medieval Scotland and indeed King Robert the Brucewas sufferer . The association of the Moray / Moray-Stirling family ofnearby Abercairney with the Kirk is clear to see . There is a panel bearing the coat of arms of Colonel William Moray - Stirling and above thisa stone inscribed WsM ( Sir William Moray of Abercairney ) dated1640 .Externally , Waddell added the crowsteppedgablesand retainedthe18th century bird cage bellcote (bell tower ) above the main entrance door.
Fowlis Wester is a charming littlevillage which with the changes in the roadsystem in the 19th century has becomesomewhat unique in Streathearn. …
The Story of Weaving and Textiles in Crieff


If it wasna for the weavers , what would you do ? Ye wouldna hae your cloth that’s made o woo Ye wouldna hae your cloak neither black nor blue If it wasna for the wark o the weavers !

Linen had been a major industry in Scotland for hundreds of years; by 1684 an estimated 12,000 people were employed its manufacture. The industry was stimulated by an Act of Parliament of 1686 stipulating that everyone had to be buried in linen winding sheets made from materials which had been grown, spun and woven in Scotland. Further stimulus came from the Act of 1748 prohibiting the importing or wearing of French cambrics, "under severe penalties"; and that of 1751 which allowed weavers to work in all parts of Scotland "free of all corporation dues, conjoined with a bounty of 1 1/2 d. [0.6 pence] per yard on all linens exported at and under 18d [7.5 pence] per yard." Linen had by this time become Scotland's most important expor…