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Coronation Memories

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        Coronation Memories on Tuesday 2nd June 1953 I can remember vividly that day . I was exactly one week short of my 12th birthday . I was an only child living in the leafy suburb of Clarkston south of Glasgow . Tramcars still ran to their terminus at the “ Toll “ and rationing had just all but ended in 1950 . Television in Scotland had only just started the year before in1952. It was the BBC and of course, it was in black and white . It was another four years before STV/ITV arrived on the Scottish scene! My parents were always believers in traditional education and learning and as a result I had been sent to “ Hutchie “ ( Hutchesons’ Boys’ Grammar School ) the year before . Located in Crown Street in the heart of the Gorbals just south of the River Clyde it was a smoke ingrained building that had seen better days - open coal fires for heating and tiered classrooms with bench
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  A Crime Against Our Gaelic Heritage A genealogical trip to Kintyre with an incredible outcome .  It is quite amazing how many of us are unaware of our past. Most do not realise that many of our ancestors experienced more than a few attacks on their own heritage . Both my parents  died at a  comparatively young  age and being an only child , I found that I was largely ignorant of  my own “ roots “. My maternal grandmother Annabella Lamont ( maiden name McFarlane )was  born in Glasgow . She  died some ten years  before I was born and I knew  very little  about her or her back ground . A little  digging  and delving in the records  gradually allowed me  to build up a picture  of the family I  did not know .Annabella’s parents  were Mary and Archibald McFarlane ,who were in fact cousins ! Archibald had married  an Anne McLean . They were both  from the Parish of Kilcalmonell in Kintyre , Argyll . Archie 
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                        Leonard Mayall – a war time tragedy                                                  by                                            Colin Mayall   I never   met   my grandfather Lewis Mayall. He died months   after I was born . He was   one of   eight children   born to Edward Mayall and Sarah Chadwick . t There were four boys and four girls. The boys all served in the Army and fought in the First World War. This story is a bout Leonard born in Rastrick West Riding of Yorkshire on the 27   June 1888 . Rastrick was a   small   town famed    for its   brass band   shared   with neighbouring Brighouse . There   were   some   six mills in the town and in the 1901 Census we   find out just how   important   to the economy they were   . Edward Mayall my great grandfather aged 55   was working as a woollen card cleaner, Sarah his wife   aged 49 is not listed as   working and with   a   big   family was in probability looking   after the house . Mary the old

Lady Mary's Walk : Who was Lady Mary ?

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         Lady Mary's Walk : Who Was Lady Mary ? It is  one of Strathearn's  most popular  walks . Lady  Mary's Walk runs  from near  MacRosty Park along the Turret Burn and then eastwards  along the banks  of the Earn . Choices  abound and  you can cross over  what  was  the old Crieff - Comrie railway line and  back towards Crieff. Beautiful and spectacular changing  by the season and renowned for its  variety of wild life .  The following is extracted from Porteous “ The History of Crieff “ published in 1912. "In September of this year (1859) the tenants of the ground beside the Turret below the Bridge of Turret made an endeavour to close the road leading by the banks of the river to Lady Mary’s Walk. Happily this selfish attempt was frustrated. Lady Mary’s Walk runs for about a mile westwards from “ Ling a wing ” along the banks of the Earn. It was formed about the year 1815 by Sir Peter or Patrick Murray of Ochtertyre and being a favourite walk of his daughte

Feddal Castle, Braco

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Feddal Castle, Braco Introduction : The PerthshireCrieffStrathearn Blogs  have  been posting  now on local history and places of interest in the area for  over  10 years with well over  200 tales of  varying styles and types . This new  blog on Feddal Castle at Braco is of  special interest to me . It is the  first blog   by  my  son Nic and his  family . A team  effort if there ever  was one ! The buildings  have a fascinating  history and have  been comparatively  neglected  by other  local historians despite its proximity  to Braco and   ease of access . The standard of pictures throughout is  high and the script  informative ; Blog Team : Nic Mayall ,Caroline Mayall and Callum Mayall As a relative newcomer to Braco & Greenloaning, I am keen to explore some of the local history and learn more about the area. Braco is rich in history, being home to one of the best preserved Roman camps at Ardoch and also Braco Castle. My curiosity has been piqued more about the history we