‘Are aulder than auld Perth’

The Mercer family was said to be “aye aulder than auld Perth”.

In return for giving the North and South Inches to the people of Perth, the Mercer family were given a burial vault in St John’s Kirk.

It was in St John’s Kirk that Peter and Sian were married on the 10th July 1993. We took our vows standing above the Mercers.

The last burial in the Mercer vault was in 1825.

It was Graeme Reid Mercer, Esquire of Gorthie, an ardent Antiquary and poet, who designed and created a ‘new’ family burial ground by the river Almond, at Glentulchan.

It is now overgrown and the 11 family crosses hidden from view (all, but two, are siblings of Graeme Reid Mercer).

The avenue leading to the burial ground has now gone but the gate-piers, surmounted by Storks (with serpents in mouth) remain impressive. On the back of the piers the history and emblems of the Mercer family are inscribed along with Graeme Reid Mercer’s antiquarian poem.

The North and South Inches:

To play this film please click here or on the image above.

Music credit: cover of ‘Oh, you pretty things’ by David Gray

The opening voice is that of Grayson Perry talking how artists may try to ‘capture’ the moment.

One Reply to “‘Are aulder than auld Perth’”

  1. Coincidentally I’ve been researching the history of Huntingtower recently. It was bought in 1864 by Major William Drummond Mercer. Major Mercer was born in in India in 1796 and had a career in the army until he resigned his commission in 1838 and moved to Australia where he was a politician and sheep farmer. In 1851 he travelled to Scotland and in 1853 married his cousin, Anne Mercer, daughter of George Mercer of Gorthy in Tasmania.

    I think this George may be the same one who bought the Gorthie in Scotland and he presumably named his new property in Australia after it. The Tasmanian Gorthy is apparently now called Ellesmere farm, near the village of Jericho.



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