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St Fillan - a village and a Saint

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Saint Fillan And His Cures For  Sundry Ailments 
Let  me commence  this blog  by an extract  from a superbly informative  book written  by a Presbyterian Minister , one William Marshall DD from Coupar Angus . The book " Historic Scenes of Perthshire"   was  written in 1880 and although perhaps  tainted  by a somewhat myopic  view  of  other Christian faiths , it does contain  some  real gems  and is  superbly researched . 



St Fillans in yester year 

Dunfillan - the hill of Saint Fillan 

The ruins  if the pre Reformation church of Dundurn


"As we approach Loch Earn, we come to a scene consecrated by its connection with the famous St Fillan, who evangelised the country here and in the wilds of Breadalbane, and whose arm did such wonders on the field of Bannockburn. The beautiful hill covered with verdure to the top, and the green of which contrasts so strikingly with the brown and the grey of the adjacent heights, is Dunfillan, the hill of St Fillan. The rock on the top of it w…

Pestilence and Arson in 17th Century Strathearn

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The Black Death Strikes Hard



One  often assumes  that  the Great  Plague which hit  London in the 17th Century did  not reach into the hinterlands  of Strathearn . There are  however a  number documented incidents which make it  quite  clear that the Plague or to give it it’s correct  designation - Bubonic Plague - was  indeed  around in these  parts of Perthshire at the same time .


The Bubonic  Plague spread  to Europe from China  in the 14th Century and  remained a scourge for a some  three  centuries thereafter . It mainly attacks  rodents  but fleas can pass the disease to humans and it has devastating affect once contracted  . The disease struck and killed people with terrible speed. The Italian writer Boccaccio said its victims often "ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors in paradise.". In the mid 1300s it’s affect in Europe  was devastating . In winter the disease seemed to disappear, but only because fleas--which were now helping to carry it fro…

Saint Fillan And His Cures For Sundry Ailments

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Saint Fillan And His Cures For  Sundry Ailments 



Let  me commence  this blog  by an extract  from a superbly informative  book written  by a Presbyterian Minister , one William Marshall DD from Coupar Angus . The book " Historic Scenes of Perthshire"   was  written in 1880 and although perhaps  tainted  by a somewhat myopic  view  of  other Christian faiths , it does contain  some  real gems  and is  superbly researched . 



St Fillans in yester year 

Dunfillan - the hill of Saint Fillan 

The ruins  if the pre Reformation church of Dundurn


"As we approach Loch Earn, we come to a scene consecrated by its connection with the famous St Fillan, who evangelised the country here and in the wilds of Breadalbane, and whose arm did such wonders on the field of Bannockburn. The beautiful hill covered with verdure to the top, and the green of which contrasts so strikingly with the brown and the grey of the adjacent heights, is Dunfillan, the hill of St Fillan. The rock on the top of it w…

Ochtertyre Pics Then and Now

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This my first Blog of the new decade and  my 231st in total. It is lovingly dedicated  to my children with deep love and affection - Nic Mayall - Elise MacDonald - Jasmine Mayall and  the late Richard Mayall . Doad x


Ochtertyre Pics Then and Now


Ochtertyre was builtfor the Murray familybetween1785 and 1789 to the design of architectJames McLeran . The present owner is Sir Brian Souter co-founder of theStagecoach transport conglomerateandfunctionsas his country retreat . Ofparticularinterest are the developments in themid19th century. The 7th Baronet Sir William Keith Murray ( 1801 – 1861 )was abitof an astronomer and in hiswisdom decidedto build an observatoryto the west of the familyhome .Thisfortunately correspondedwith thegrowth and development ofphotography as the mainsource of recording people and places . Weare indeed fortunateto havemore thanafewpicsofSir William’shandiwork .
The Murrays forgenerationsretained acloseaffinitywith the nearbytown of Crieffandisrecordedthat there wa…

Our Lost Heritage

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This my first Blog of the new decade and  my  231st in total. It is lovingly dedicated  to my children with deep love and affection - Nic Mayall - Elise MacDonald - Jasmine Mayall and  the late Richard Mayall . Doad x
Strathearn's Hidden Heritage          Part One 



Despite coming from a long time Presbyterian back groundI have always had a strong fascinationfor the pomp andcircumstance of the old Kirkbe it “ Piscy“ or Catholic . Workingin France someyearsback , I had the privilegeof attending achurch service in Chartres Cathedral. Chartres isrenownedfor its “ vitrage “ or stainedglass windows andthiscoupledwith amiscellanyofchurchmusicstands outin my memory .


Here in the Straththere aremore thana fewbuildingsdatingback in time wellbeyond that of the so called “ Glorious Revolution “ ! Sadly neglect and decay have taken there toll but I an afraidmuchof theresponsibilityfor lies at thefeet ofour administratorspast and present . Letus look atsome of the decayedgemswithin theStrath . This…