Blairgowrie Memories

Picts and Romans

May 25

Picts and Romans

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Picts and Romans - The Pictish Family is depicted by Ena Johnston, John Robertson & Aileen Constable. They are attired in rough and ready garments of that day.The Romans followed Julius Agricola having encamped his forces at Haughs of Delvine in 84 A.D. and in 207 A.D. the Emperor Severus having encamped at Meikleour, where the outlines of the camps can still be traced. Representing the Romans were a centurion, ensign-bearer, and two legionaires, protrayed by P. Spalding, S. Crichton, J. Whyte and S. Robertson. St Ninian, who wandered through many parts of Scotland spreading knowledge of the teachings of Christ before St. Columba, and who once pitched his camp at the Wellmeadow and drank from one of the wells there (later known as St. Ninian's Well) was represented by Wm Robertson, whose brothers S. and J. Robertson acted as his attendants. When the Pictish and Scottish kingdoms were united under Kenneth McAlpine in 844, Norsemen were harrying the country, and many struggles took place between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld. Illustrating the Vikings were a Viking warrior - a bearded giant of a man portrayed by S. Buchan, accompanied by his wife (Miss M. Christison). Read More >

Bond of Manrent

May 22

Bond of Manrent

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Bond of Manrent - In 1554 the Lairds of Gormack, Ardblair, Drumlochy, Clayquhat and Knockmahar, with some 80 retainers, waylaid and slew George Drummond of Newton and his son, for which crime Patrick Blair of Ardblair and Robert Smith were beheaded. William Chalmers, Laird of Drumlochye, entered a Bond of Manrent binding himself to serve Lord Drummond (Head of the Drummond family) and to fight on his side in any quarrel. The Bond is said to be one of the last of its kind granted in Scotland. In the tableau depicting the signing of the bond is the judge (Keith S.R. Black, solicitor) on the bench overlooked two be- wigged law clerks (C.D.Farquharson, builder and Tom Edwards, tattie merchant) whilst facing them were the Laird of Drumlochye (A.Brand) signing the bond and two other lairds (James W. McPherson, solicitor and W. Younger) Parts of soldiers were taken by M. Duffy and E. Rattray. Read More >

Lady Lindsay

May 15

Lady Lindsay

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

Lady Lindsay industriously spinning in her tower to atone for her crime was illustrated by Miss Sheena Stewart. Lady Lindsay, a daughter of the 2nd Earl of Huntly, had been the wife of Alexander Lindsay, Master of Crawford, a desperate character who, in 1489, died of a wound following a fight with his brother. It was believed, however, that Lady Lindsay, fearing the wound might not be fatal, smothered him his pillow. She was married twice again, and after the death of the second of these husbands, she was said have been confined in a tower on top of Crag Leach (In Craighall Gorge), where she had to spin night and day till the thread should reach from the river beneath to the heavens and form a ladder for ascent to the Realms of Peace. Read More >

The Mills

May 08

The Mills

Posted on Monday, May 08, 2017

The Mills - Ancient and modern methods of flax processing were illustrated in a tableau in which operator wand hand-hacking flax, whilst a second weeling the finished flax yarn. The Girls were Misses, Greta Graham and Milly Cook. Miss Myra Laing was seen at work at a spinning wheel. Read More >

King Robert the Bruce

May 04

King Robert the Bruce

Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2017

King Robert the Bruce - An imposing figure on horseback, and in full regalia, was King Robert the Bruce (James Shaw) attended by his page, Jill Gibb of Darkfaulds House (Lately Rosemount Care Home). Major Gibb of Darkfaulds House accompanying them. Many of the powerful families of the district, among the Blairs, the Drummond and the Herons, were staunch supporters of Bruce who spent time in the area in 1326 and fished on Stormont Loch (also known locallyas Loch Bog Read More >