Spout of Buchanty

On the 20th September 1869, George Patton, Lord Advocate and Solicitor-General for Scotland [who a few weeks before had appointed himself as Lord Justice Clerk], took his life. He did … Continue reading Spout of Buchanty

A9 dualling: additional information

The A9 is currently undergoing work to dual the stretch between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam. If you are heading north on Scotland’s trunk road let your imagination recreate … Continue reading A9 dualling: additional information

‘I have written my heart in my poems’

Robert Nicoll (1814 – 7 December 1837) was a Scottish poet and lyricist whose life, although short, left a lasting impact.  He was born at Tullybelton, north of Perth:

grave full of years

Here in Radical Park where the unemployed were once employed: semi-circular panels in spandrels still rise up into an arch. Father-to-son, until 1902 ballads foretold that the Celtic Graemes would ‘never … Continue reading grave full of years

The austere exterior

It was Sian who suggested a visit to St Mary’s Chapel, Grandtully. Sian had heard about it on the radio. We visited last Thursday. That Joy So Soon Should Waste … Continue reading The austere exterior

Paradoxically, has at once too little and too much plot

This is a film about Newmiln House, St Martins, Perthshire. It was where the actor Liam Neeson and fellow cast members stayed during the filming of Rob Roy. This was … Continue reading Paradoxically, has at once too little and too much plot

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Day of the Dead at Killin

In last week’s Stirling Observer I came across this report about the MacNab burial ground on the island of Innis Bhuidhe, Killin: I visited this island in March of this … Continue reading Day of the Dead at Killin

[Writes in his notebook.]

I noted an unnamed but inhabited place marked by a dot on the first Ordinance Survey map of Strathearn. It had a wall round it and tracks to it, but … Continue reading [Writes in his notebook.]

That small space in the whole of time

On Sunday 23rd September we explored Strathearn. We were looking for Craigmill cottage, but alas we were to find that it had long since been demolished. In its place is … Continue reading That small space in the whole of time

‘His views on aesthetics (not often requested) are surprising’

On Saturday 15th September 2018 we visited Blackcraig Bridgehouse which was free to explore thanks to Doors Open Day Scotland. The Bridgehouse, a real curiosity, has been beautifully restored as … Continue reading ‘His views on aesthetics (not often requested) are surprising’