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Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie, in Perthshire, is situated on the Ericht. The town is entirely modern, and owed its development to the water-power supplied by the Ericht for linen and jute factories. Strawberries, raspberries and other fruits are largely grown in the neighborhood. A park was presented to the town in 1892. On the left hank of the Ericht, opposite Blairgowrie, with which it is connected by a four-arched bridge,, stands the town and police burgh of Rattray (pop. 2019), where there were flax and jute mills. Donald Cargill the Covenanter, who was executed at Edinburgh, was a native of the parish. Four miles west of Blairgowrie, on the coach road to Dunkeld, lies Loch Clunie, of some interest historically. On a crannog in the lake are the ruins of a small castle which belonged to James ( the Admirable ) Crichton, and the large mound near the loch was the site of the castle in which Edward I. lodged on one of his Scottish expeditions.



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