It is not recorded when sap stopped rising in this ‘Veteran Pear Tree’. It grew in the orchard of our family, in the charming village of Blairlogie.
The above description was given in 1905 by Menzies Fergusson in ‘Logie: A Parish History’ along with this grainy photograph:
The John Dawson mentioned was married to Janet Baird of Drumdruils. The Dawson and Baird family had an inextricable sibness that it is not easy to follow. Fortunately, somebody more able than I, has shared this account.
The Dawson and Baird family continued the postal service that had first been established by Telford forebears in Dunblane.
This was how the Blairlogie Post Office looked in the time of Janet Baird or Dawson:
I believe that this is a photograph of John Dawson and his wife Janet Baird:
John Dawson died at the turn of the previous century and his wife Janet continued to run the Blairlogie Post Office before retiring to Bridge of Allan.
In more recent times the Post Office was transformed into a village cafe with a wonderful garden. It was called ‘Puddleducks‘ and as a family we visited it often. However its days, like the veteran pear tree and the postal service, are now in the past, but hopefully only for a “Golden Nap”.
Below, are some of the postcards kept by our family [as sent to Janet Baird or Dawson]: