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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

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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…

Strathearn Fairs

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Strathearn Fairs St Thomas the Apostle - the original patron Saint
of the Town


The Fairs in Strathearn as elsewhere were anciently sanctioned by the Church , and derived their name
from some saint . In 1745 , the following Fairs were held as under :
St Mavains , at Fowlis Wester on 26th October .
St Thomas , at Crieff on 21st December .
St Patrick’s , at Strageath ( Lady Market) on 17th March . St Frances , at Crieff , on the 3rd Tuesday of June .
Michaelmas , at Crieff , on 29th November .
This last was the greatest cattle market in Scotlandand was , by Act of Parliament, removed in 1773 ,
to Falkirk. In 1734 the customs of the Fairs of Crieff and Fowlis Wester , collected for the Earl of
Perth by Thomas Caw , Milnab , amounted to nearly £600 Scots . From this was paid a large sum to the market guards and pipers , and for entertainment given by the Earl to his tenants and feuars attending
the Fairs . In consequence of the feuds which prevailed in the districts , and the wild Highla…
The Fairs in Strathearn as elsewhere were anciently sanctioned by the Church , and derived their name from some saint . In 1745 , the following Fairs were held as under :


St Mavains , at Fowlis Wester on 26th October .
St Thomas , at Crieff on 21st December .
St Patrick’s , at Strageath ( Lady Market) on 17th March .
SSt Frances , at Crieff , on the 3rd Tuesday of June .
Michaelmas , at Crieff , on 29th November .


This last was the greatest cattle market in Scotlandand was , by Act of Parliament, removed in 1773 ,to Falkirk. In 1734 the customs of the Fairs of Crieff and Fowlis Wester , collected for the Earl of Perth by Thomas Caw , Milnab , amounted to nearly
£600 Scots . From this was paid a large sum to the market guards and pipers , and for entertainment given by the Earl to his tenants and feuars attending the Fairs . In consequence of the feuds which prevailed in the districts , and the wild Highlandmen from the north who frequented this Fair , and whose heads never bore a covering …
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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 …