The Guide to Mysterious Perthshire (Haunted Britain S.) The Guide to Mysterious Perthshire contains everything folkloric, supernatural, paranormal, eccentric and odd that has been recorded about the county. The guide is a fascinating introduction to Perthshire's tombstones, simulacra, standing stones, gargoyles and archaeological curiosities; tales of ghosts, fairies, witchcraft, freak weather, strange deaths, tall tales and hoaxes. This is a guide for the armchair adventurer or the on-location visitor, with stories arranged in a sequence of easily found geographical locations. It is profusely illustrated with the author's own photographs and there are extensive references and endnotes to enable the reader to follow up the sources, if he should so wish.
Perth and Kinross: The Buildings of Scotland Perth and Kinross, at the geographical heart of Scotland, contain buildings which range from the remains of a Roman line of forts and watch towers, the fort at Ardoch, of the first and second centuries, is one of the best preserved and least known of such structures in Britain, early historic hill forts, a remarkable array of carved stones erected by the warrior aristocracy of the sixth to ninth centuries, the wilfully inventive medieval Dunkeld Cathedral, and mottes, castles and tower houses, among them the island fortress of Lochleven Castle and Elcho Castle's assertion of baronial status. The grandiose funerary monuments of the seventeenth century at Scone Palace and the Kinoull Aisle presaged the 'court' classicism of Sir William Bruce, which is exemplified by his own mansion, garden and landscape at Kinross House. Blair Castle's mid-eighteenth century stucco work, unequalled in Scotland, celebrates the magnificence of the Dukes of Atholl, this display challenged in the early nineteenth century by the sumptuous Gothic palaces of Scone and Taymouth Castle. A multitude of smaller country houses embrace a variety of styles, classical, Italianate, castellated and Baronial, while Georgian and Victorian churches, many with superb stained glass, abound. Among towns and villages, Dunkeld is the epitome of a small Scottish burgh while the Royal burgh of Perth has expanded from its medieval core with the addition of late Georgian 'new towns' and civic and industrial monuments of the nineteenth century.
Forteviot: A Pictish and Scottish Royal Centre The royal centre of Forteviot in Strathearn, Perthshire is one of the most famous early medieval sites in Scotland. It has traditionally been regarded as a royal capital, first of the powerful Pictish kingdom of Fortriu and then of the early Scots. But the royal centre is poorly understood. Much of it disappeared in the early nineteenth century, swept away by the Water of May, leaving only fragmentary sculpture. However the function, date and iconography of the magnificent arch, discovered in the river bed in 1836, have until now remained obscure. This first full-scale study of this famous site throws new light on Pictish kingship and the Church, enabling one of the most powerful Pictish kings, Unuist son of Uurguist, to emerge from the shadows of historical obscurity.
The Fergusson Gallery, formerly Perth’s old water works, which now houses the celebrated J D Fergusson art collection, is an outstanding feature of Scotland’s industrial archaeology. Strangely, this architectural and engineering triumph, the powerhouse of the city’s first genuinely clean drinking water system, was the creation of a schoolmaster, Dr Adam Anderson (1780-1846), Rector of Perth Academy. The Schoolmaster Engineer: Adam Anderson of Perth and St Andrews 1780-1846 (Abertay Historical Society Publication).
This collection of essays is the story of Perthshire, Scotland's
heartland, where many of her greatest treasures are to be
found. The district resonates with folklore and incident;
it was the birthplace of Rob Roy and also inspired some of
Scott's finest work.
The First Frontier: Rome in the North of Scotland The Antonine Wall, which runs across Scotland from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde, has been described as 'Rome's Last Frontier', as it was the Empire's most northern outpost. But the real outpost, about which modern excavation is revealing more and more information, was the Gask Ridge in Perthshire. Research over the last 50 years has revolutionised our picture of the Roman occupation of the north of Scotland, well before the time of the famous governor Agricola. Moreover, the Roman remains can now be set more firmly in the context of the pre-existing native society.
Fourpence You're Eating!: A Childhood in Perth
That's Fourpence You're Eating!: A Childhood in Perth. Frances
Rimington was born in 1890, into another world. Christened
by the same minister who married Effie Gray and John Ruskin,
it was a world of strict Edwardian etiquette, of rigid social
order and of large, dark houses filled with domestic servants.
Here, her daughter has taken Frances' extensive notes, some
typed, some carefully rewritten under headings, most simply
scribbled in a variety of journals, and has organised them
into a chronological retelling of her mother's childhood experiences.
All aspects of life are covered, from the everyday topics
of prices, wages, chores and recreation to bigger issues such
as the restricted opportunities for women and the total change
which the First World War brought. Frances Rimington died
in 1973. By way of a postscript, another of Frances Rimington's
daughters, Diana, recalls life in Kenya where her father was
a district commissioner and the family lived the true Colonial
lifestyle. One account of a vanished world is replaced by
another, leaving the reader with a clear sense of the frailty
of our times yet reminded of the thread of continuity that
runs through families.
Douglas of Scone, Perthshire, was one of the most important
botanical collectors there has ever been. Thanks to his heroic
and often unimaginably arduous explorations, during which
he collected and discovered over 200 species, our forests
and gardens are immeasurably richer. Not only is the Douglas
fir named after him, but also many of our most established
conifers, like the Sitka spruce, Grand and Noble firs and
the Monterey pine were introduced to Britain by him.
and Kinross: An Illustrated...
Perthshire. A personal tour through Perthshire hills,
woods, waterfalls, bird haunts and moorland tracks, with illustrations
Sky at Night: Autobiography This work looks at the evryday
life of John Barrington, a shepherd to over 750 Blackface
ewes who graze near some of Britain's most beautiful hills
overlooking Loch Katrine.
and Kinross-shire's Lost...
Perthshire and Angus (Exploring...
This series provides an introduction to the archaeological
heritage of Scotland, detailing the story of one part of the
country. The details are filled in by a gazetteer of the most
interesting and best preserved monuments, and aim to encourage
the reader to explore further using the full-colour section
on day excursions. This volume details skilfully carved Pictish
cross-slabs, great abbeys and castles, and the imposing cathedrals
of Arbroath and St Andrews, together with the Royal Palace
of Falkland. Examples of rural architecture are also documented.
of Clan Donnachaidh 1275 1749 and...
the Highlanders at Bonnockburn.
Auchterarder, Blackford and Braco:...
With Aberuthven, Gask and Gleneagles.
in Atholl, A: Old Photographs....
Castle: The Scottish Home of the....
and Gowrie: A Historical Guide... This guide shows an
archaeological range from neolithic cairns to medieval palaces,
from industrial workers' cottages to Roman fortresses. A gazetteer
combines with the narrative to produce a history of North
Perthshire on the boundary of Highland and Lowland.
Map 0324 (NO04/14): Dunkeld &...
in History and Legend Exploring some of the stories about
Perthshire, this book contains not only the well known stories
such as Robert the Bruce founding a chapel at Strathfillan
after Bannockburn, but tales of the prophecies of the Lady
of Lawers, and the pistols of Doune made entirely of horseshoe
and Perthshire: Including Kinross... This guide covers
a varied landscape area that is accessible to the highly populated
Central Lowlands of Scotland, including the great cities of
Glasgow and Edinburgh. Human endeavour, coupled with a proud
colourful heritage, is evident everywhere, in the pretty and
historic coastal towns such as St Andrews, in the rolling
Lomond Hills and scenic Loch Leven, and, moving further north
towards the higher ground, in the mountainous areas around
Pitlochry, where the autumn colours have to be seen to be
believed. Visits to the area are addictive, causing many to
return again and again to the ancient "kingdoms"
of Fife and Perth, legendary birthplace of the heartland of
Scotland, for further exploration and pleasure.
Heritage of a Highland...
to Kinross: A Personal... Memoir.
From Arkwright Village to... Commuter Suburb 1784-2003.
Tracing the evolution of the village of Stanley from being
an important cotton mill and community to a growing commuter
satellite of Perth.
Thomas Telford's Finest Highland Bridge, a new book by Christopher
Kingdom of Fife and Kinross-shire... Theo Lang.
Rob Roy Way: From Drymen to Pitlochry.This
long-distance walk from Drymen to Pitlochry was developed
by Rucksack Readers in partnership with walking enthusiasts.
It runs for 79 miles (126 km) along some of Scotland's finest
lochs and glens, using historic footpaths, a cycle route,
forest tracks and some minor road. Many places are linked
with Scotland's most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734).
1851 Census Name Index:... Covering the Whole Parishes
of Cleish, Fossoway and Tulliebole, Kinross, Orwell, and Portmoak
and Parts of Arngask and Forgandenny.
Atholl Collection Catalogue: 300... Years of Scottish
Music and Poetry. First time this irreplaceable collection
of books and manuscripts on Scottish and Gaelic music has
been made available.
on Coupar Angus: A Social... History of the Town from
the Reformation to the Year 2000. A social history of the
east Perthshire town of Coupar Angus from the Reformation
to the year 2000. The book contains many nostalgic black and
white photographs and illustrative document reproduction.
and Kinross: The Big Country. A wide-ranging review of
the history, geography, landscape, flora and fauna of Perthshire
and Kinross-shire comprising the old counties of Perth and
Kinross. Contemporary issues, including the local economy,
are also surveyed.
and Social History of Atholl.
in Forestry. John McEwen, Based on tape recordings, the
life of the land reform activist, and author of "Who
the A9: The Great North Road. A book packed with sepia
and black and white photos and postcards of communities on
and close to the A9 corridor, from Luncarty to Drumochtar.
Enhanced by informative but economical text, this book will
be a source of nostalgia and interest for anyone who has lived
in Perthshire, or used the A9 for excursions north.
Roads, Regiments and Rebellions:... A Brief History of
the Life and Work of General George Wade (1673-1748) the Father
of the Military Roads in Scotland.
Keekin-Gless: An Anthology from... Perth & Kinross.
Railways of Upper Strathearn,Crieff... When a journey
by motor car along the A85 from Comrie to Crieff occupies
a mere 10 minutes, it is difficult to imagine the tremendous
enthusiasm with which the people of Comrie welcomed the arrival
in 1893 of the branch line from Crieff. Comrie, along with
the other villages in Upper Strathearn between Crieff and
Lochearnhead, had been steadily increasing in size and prosperity
in the second half of the 19th century but still depended
on stagecoaches and general carriers for communication with
the outside world.
Railway Bridge of the Silvery... Tay. The book describes
in great detail the events leading up to he Tay bridge disaster
of 1879. The subsequent public Inquiry provides the answers
to why the disaster occurred, which the author provides in
the form of extracts from the main witnesses. The reinvestigation
confirms their cncluisons that the bridge was badly designed,
built and maintained. The book concludes by examining the
aftermath and modern disasters which show the importance of
forensic methods in understanding them, and learning the lessons
so as to prevent further accidents.
Dambuilders: Power from the Glens In the 30 years between
the end of World War II and 1975, the construction schemes
of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board changed the
face of the Highlands and brought electricity to almost the
whole of the country north of the Highland Line. Nothing on
such a scale had been attempted before, and the "schemes",
as they were called, symbolized far more than huge devices
for the generation of electricity. Fired by the idealism of
Tom Johnston, the Board's founder, the schemes brought regeneration
and hope. This book is a vivid account of the schemes and
includes eyewitness stories from many of the workers - from
dam builders, engineers, tunnel tigers, linemen - who made
the electrification of the Highlands a reality and now, often
for the first time, tell what it was like. The names of the
schemes - Loch Sloy, Glen Shira, Tummel-Garry, the Conon Valley,
Glen Affric, Strathfarrar-Kilmorack, Glenmoriston-Garry, Shin,
Breadalbane, Ben Cruachan - are vivid in the memories of all
who worked on them, in an epic of hard physical labour in
a beautiful landscape. By the time the last scheme was opened
in Foyers in 1975, the engineers commissioned by the Board
had built some 50 major dams and power stations, almost 200
miles of tunnel, 400 miles of road and over 20,000 miles of
power line. The Board had to overcome adverse weather and
thrawn geology, as well as political opposition. At the peak
of construction the workforce numbered around 12,000 and included
men from Ireland and many parts of Europe as well as indigenous
Scots. They are all proud of what they achieved.
the Temperature: An Account of... the Operation of the
Meteorological Office Climatological Station at Forgandenny
1968-2001. "Taking the Temperature" is a record
of the weather station at Forgandenny over the last thirty
three years. These records have appeared monthly in the "Perthshire
Advertiser", and still do, and this compilation of the
records is due to the diligence and careful record keeping
of Norman Pedgrift. The
book has records of previous Perth weather from the 19th century,
gives a snapshot of the freezing weather of 1918, showing
the Tay with ice floes floating down the river, and is interspersed
with photographs, showing all the variations of weather. There
are detailed annual charts showing temperature, rainfall,
days with snow, frost and wind. Is Perth getting warmer -
are winters less cold - is it wetter - now is your chance
to find out.