last four hundred years of our history was about to begin. It
was in 1550 that Grey Cohn became the fourth laird of the lands
of Glenorchy. When he came into his inheritance the first thing
he decided to do was to build a new castle. He selected a site
on the braes above charn. One day Cohn was watching the workmen
clearing the site, when an old woman who kept her goats there,
and knew that her grazing would soon be lost, approached the
laird. “This is a poor place for your great house, Sir
Cohn. Every wind and storm will blow on it”. “And
where would you build it, you old callaich?” Sir Cohn
humoured her. “Build it, Sir Cohn, where you hear the
sing in the springtime”. Although treating the matter
lightly at the time, Sir Cohn could not get the old woman’s
words out of his mind and, in the end, the new castle, known
locally as the House of Bahloch, was built in the sheltered
valley beside the River Tay, about a mile east of where the
river begins its journey to the sea and where the mavis still
sings in the Spring.
Cohn Campbell was a member of the Scottish Parliament which,
in 1560, passed the laws establishing the Protestant Faith.
In line with these laws Sir Cohn was to place a Presbyterian,
Mr. William Ramsay, as minister
in the local church at Inchadney,This pre-Reformation Church
lay in a sheltered hollow beside the River Tay on the North
side opposite the hamlet of Newhall, about a quarter of a mile
downstream from the Castle. It was doubtless of early origin.
Although today the situation would seem strange and very isolated
from the community, it has to be remembered that it was beside
an important droving route. Cattle were taken across the river
at the lnchadney ford en-route from Blair Atholl to the trysts
at Crieff. To the West of the little oblong church lay the vicarage
and to the East the Parish Burial ground. In 1551 the Dean of
Lismore who made the
earliest collection of Gaelic Poetry was buried there.
After the new church was built at Kenmore in 1579, the Church
at Inchadney continued to be used and the vicarage was occupied
as the Parish Manse until 1780. In 1760 the burial ground was
closed and, some time after, the headstones were all removed.
Early in the nineteenth
century all that remained of the Church and Manse was taken
down and the whole site planted with trees. Sad to say that
holy place has lost every vestige of its ancient and sacred
character, save for the Holy Well some four hundred yards to
the North of the Church site; a well which still gives cool,
clear water to the traveller who finds it. The stone font in
Kenmore Church was found at Inchadney, the one remaining link
with the pre-Reformation Church.
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