The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

Dunblane Cathedral reopens

During the lockdown I regularly walked the Darn road, by the Allan Water, to Dunblane. What follows is based on exploring ‘the local’ as widely as I could! A garden … Continue reading Dunblane Cathedral reopens

A most ancient place

I have recently come across this account of the ancient history of Drumdruills, which in my grandfather’s time was a fruit orchard. The etymology of Drumdruills is still being revealed, … Continue reading A most ancient place

Notes from HERE and THERE

Holmhill House, Dunblane, where extraordinary charity began. Grace Donaldson raised thousands of pounds for charities and alongside financial legacies, left on her death, the park of Holmehill to the children … Continue reading Notes from HERE and THERE

The Auld Gardener

John McGregor was Gardener for Dunblane. Today he would be called a “Council worker” but in his time his occupation was termed: “Statute Labourer”. John McGregor lived with his wife … Continue reading The Auld Gardener

Glassingall Gardener

Glassingall Mansion House, just North of Dunblane, was demolished in the months before my birth. I have seen photographs of it, and to my eyes, it looks to have been … Continue reading Glassingall Gardener

‘Wife of Otto’

In front of Dunblane cathedral there is a dark marble grave with a fallen cross. The design is very stark and the fallen cross long and thin. It looked manly. … Continue reading ‘Wife of Otto’

27 High Street, Dunblane

I rise very early, and on Monday I went for a local walk along the Allan Water to Dunblane. It was a little drizzly and the river was in good … Continue reading 27 High Street, Dunblane

a garden above High Street

My Granny, Constance Gibson, was born in Dunblane in 1908.  It is likely that she would have remembered this Chemist shop. I cannot ask my Granny about her childhood as … Continue reading a garden above High Street

Keir Gardens

Keir estate is a most ancient one. For centuries it was owned by the Stirling family but is now in private ownership. If you have traveled on the M9 is … Continue reading Keir Gardens

The Captain of Wanderwrang

The Keir roundabout on the A9, a few miles south of Dunblane, will be familiar to many travelling North. In slowing for the roundabout the eye is drawn to a … Continue reading The Captain of Wanderwrang

‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’

Today, I was [again] humbled by [another] happenstance reminder of how little I really know about the world that surrounds me! This reminder happened in the natural course of the … Continue reading ‘Nature’s Fashionable Lounge’