Blairgowrie Memories

May 25

Picts and Romans

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Picts and Romans

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).