This page shares the films on Bridge of Allan made by Peter. To play each film please click on the image [this will also allowyou to download the film to your computer]
My mother’s family, the Scott family, were villagers and established orchards at Drumdruills and surrounding Orchard House. The first village doctor, Dr John Stewart Rutherfoord, was my forebear.
Alexander McCall Smith and Richard Holloway are admirers of my short films.
The first film is about Malcolm Allan of Coneyhill who was a friend of mine over several decades. Malcolm, a retired librarian, had no computer. His cerebral powers made connections that no computer could (like Oswald from Poliakoff’s “Shooting the Past”). Malcolm was a true gentleman and the most dapper man in the village:
The next film is about the Heron that is often seen from the Bridge. It is fondly observed by passers by who may be enjoying fish and chips from the Allan Water café:
This film is about Bannockburn House. The film is dedicated to Mick Collinson:
The next few films are about the Bridge of Allan orchards. My grandfather, Rab Scott (who died in 1979) was the last orchardman:
The following films are about Gilbert Farie, the hunched-backed pharmacist, who haunted the dreams of young Robert Louis Stevenson:
Two films about the Museum Hall:
A film made in Cleopatra’s Triangle on the day that Prince William married Kate:
A short film about the Olympic torch being carried through our village:
A film about Dr Eric Dow of Fernfield, Bridge of Allan, who never charged his patients and became bankrupt as a result. Most sadly, Dr Eric Down took his life by cyanide. His death was just a few months before the NHS began. I feel that it important that we remember this benevolent doctor:
A tragic story involving Jerah:
A film about Hercules the bear (Sheriffmuir Inn):
A film about the Wallace Monument. You will not believe the story behind it:
A film about an Aunt who was born in Bridge of Allan: Miss Jessie Lennox who lived to be 103 years and was friends with Florence Nightingale and David Livingstone:
A film about Blawlowan, Pathfoot:
Bridge of Allan Highland Games, 2013:
The Ageing Stone, Peter’s sculpture:
Eliza Black, Bridge of Allan, and Rabbie Burns:
Films about Lecropt and the Stirlings of Keir:
The Scottish Tapestry at Stirling Castle:
Andy and Jamie Murray. My Granny used to play tennis in Bridge of Allan with Judy Murray’s granny:
This film is about the Wharry glen and to families who have lost their father (the film is dedicated to Dr Pat Beausang):
This film is about Millad cottage at the foot of the Wharry burn, by the River Allan (the film is dedicated to Sgt Albert Ernest Bayne):
Two films about Arnhall Castle:
This film is about Heathershot, Carse of Lecropt:
Vintage Car Rally, 14th May 2017, Bridge of Allan:
Stirling’s first marathon, Sunday 21st May 2017:
Vintage Car Rally, Bridge of Allan, Sunday 13th May 2019:
Filmed at Borrowmeadow farm, by the river Forth, near Stirling, May 2015:
I returned to Borrowmeadow in June 2018. In time in-between it has lost its roof. Borrowmeadow is an ancient farm but its future is in peril.
The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely” [ a message written to me by Alexander Mccall Smith after watching one of my short films]
The central idea behind this film is the bridge that spans the arts and sciences; a bridge that spans time and experience; a bridge that helps you cross to what matters, that being love (the river of light).
Monday past was unseasonably mild. On this day I pedalled my bike back to the Wharry glen [the place of my earliest memory]. On a stone, in the middle of the Wharry, I carved a few words.
This is a film of the book launch of ‘Bridge of Allan -a history’ by Craig Mair. Our village cannot thank or praise Craig Mair enough for researching and weaving together such a wonderfully rich tapestry of village stories, memories and occasions. In the last millennium Ella Mclean wrote the first published history of Bridge of Allan. I met Ella McLean as a wee boy. She would be thrilled by Craig’s work.
This is a film about Lord Kames. Known as Henry Home he was a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. In this film I visit his obelisk on a tumulus near Blair Drummond.
As long as I can remember, opposite the chip shop in Bridge of Allan, was Glenallan Fashions, a bridal shop called ‘Altar Images’. It closed last year. It has now been refurbished and has just opened as a COSTA franchise.
Moss Farm, Carse of Lecropt, was cleared to make way for the M9:
John Cullens, butcher: a wonderful village survivor:
For itself alone (a pandemic and a village):
AYE (a pandemic and a village):
This too shall pass (a pandemic and a village):
Thunderstorm, Bridge of Allan, Wednesday 12 August 2020 [3am – 5am]
Revolutionary TIME [the language of MUSIC]:
Zero Waste [631 sq. ft.]:
What do you care about this story?
People slip into art and are lost: inspired by an artistic display for Refugee Week Scotland outside the Episcopal Church in Bridge of Allan, 2021:
There’s no blue like a Gioto blue:
Series II [Drumdruills]: in 1950, my grandfather Rab Scott bought a new Series II Land Rover. My grandfathere was like a father to me. In 2021 Peter bought a Series II Land Rover:
‘True North’ [this branch is now closed]:
Two postcards from Bridge of Allan:
Re-opening of Bridge of Allan Camera Club:
Each year ‘classic’ cars return to Bridge of Allan. This short film is based on the latest revisit to Bridge of Allan [Sunday 8 May 2022]:
The civilised world’s defintion of time:
September 2022: on Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, a new shop is soon to open. It’s title, ahead of opening, has been painted: ‘uncommon life‘.
uncommon life [purely anecdotal]:
This film is of the 2022 AGM of the Dr Welsh Trust and includes Craig Mair’s tribute to Ian Mclaren:
On Monday, 8th May 2023, Ian Anderson planted a tree on behalf of the Friends of Bridge of Allan, to mark the occasion of King Charles III’s Coronation. The garden was also given a name: The Royal Garden.
The imprint we leave on the intimate texture of space:
Each year, in the aid of charity, vintage cars visit Bridge of Allan to assemble in Strathallan Park. This park, once an orchard, was donated to Bridge of Allan by my grandfather’s grandfather. Each year I film the arrival of these beautiful cars of old to our village. What follows is my latest film [primarily based on 2023 but also includes footage from years passed]