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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…