Blairgowrie Memories

Muscular Minister 1603

Apr 20

Muscular Minister 1603

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Muscular Minister 1603 - The well known story of Rev. John Ross, Minister o' Blair, a muscular clergyman who strongly opposed royal interference with religion, was the subject of another tableau. A proclamation of Charles I, encouraging Sunday sport after the church service, roused him to wrath, all the more so as, coming out of his church one Sunday, he found his own parishioners engaging in sport in the churchyard. Throwing off his robes he tackled the ungodly and severely punished them. Rev. John Ross was played by Willie Turner, and members of his congregation by Misses B.Cuthill, J. Mason, Lyala Crole, J. Gordon and I Stewart, Messrs Albert Bell, George Bell, D. Smith and J. Silver. Read More >

Prince Charlie & The Curlers

Apr 17

Prince Charlie & The Curlers

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Prince Charlie & The Curlers - In 1745 the curlers of Blair, after a boisterous day on the ice at The Lochy, had arranged to have a special dinner of "Beef and Greens" at Eppie Clarke's Inn at the Hill o' Blair. Bonnie Prince Charlie and some of his men, however, on their way through Blair, are reputed to have entered the inn and unceremoniously eaten the dinner before the curlers arrival. The tableau depicted the scene when the hungry curlers (Portrayed by J. Blaikie, J. Dowie, R. Mutter & J. Payne) arrived and found the table bare, whilst Prince Charlie (R. McKenzie) and two of his followers (A.Millar & D. Barns) replete, stood drinking round the fire. The parts of the innkeeper and the maid were taken by Anora Fraser and Moira Scott. Read More >

Queen Victoria depicted by Miss Jean Donaldson

Apr 06

Queen Victoria depicted by Miss Jean Donaldson

Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2017

Queen Victoria depicted by Miss Jean Donaldson who later married the Rev. James Leithhead, minister of St. Mary's church. She was escorted by the faithful John Brown (A. McDonald of Cattylinns) and two soldiers, Barbara Straiton and C. Stewart.Pat Barron was coach-boy. Read More >