Helen’s Well

Helen’s Well marks the centre of the extensive lands of Campbell:   In 1973 James Allingham asked if anybody knew any of the history of Helen’s Well: This is a … Continue reading Helen’s Well

‘A natural feature much improved by art’

You may not have heard of, or visited, Stanley Hill, in Dunkeld. It was described in the Ordinance Survey of 1856 as a “small knoll within the pleasure grounds of … Continue reading ‘A natural feature much improved by art’

Music in the depths of Glenfiddich Deer Forest

This is a film about Glenfiiddich Shooting Lodge. Music in the depths of Glenfiddich Deer Forest from omphalos Music credits: (1) Thèid Mi Do Loch Àlainn – by Julie Fowlis … Continue reading Music in the depths of Glenfiddich Deer Forest

‘Dig the grave and let me lie’

On the early morning of Sunday 7th May 2017, I set off to visit ‘Stank’. I was looking for the ruined mausoleum to Lord Esher. The Stank Mausoleum was built in … Continue reading ‘Dig the grave and let me lie’

Where eagles soar (part 1)

Chapter 2 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Where Eagles Soar – The Camlet The Camlet goes back to Abergeldy’s earliest days with a tied history stretching back to at least 1635, when … Continue reading Where eagles soar (part 1)

Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)

Chapter 3 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Rowan & Ash Lament – Bovaglia I expect this to be a difficult chapter to write, not because I am blinded by my love of … Continue reading Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)

Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

Now Queen Victoria brings my mind to a rather special and dear cousin of Bovaglia – none other than John Brown, the Queen’s devoted Highland Servant. The bond comes through … Continue reading Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)

Chapter 4 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Abergeldy has become a dear friend to me and perhaps in another life I would be fortunate enough to be its chatelaine. Yet that is … Continue reading God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)

Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh

Chapter 5 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh Abergeldy has taken us on quite a journey meeting the good, the great, and the not so great … Continue reading Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh

Wolf McAndrew – Lynvaig

Chapter 6 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Wolf McAndrew – Lynvaig  It was a curious yet stirring dream. It all started at the Cosh with a vintage car rally of which I … Continue reading Wolf McAndrew – Lynvaig

The Forgotten Door

Chapter 8 of Deeside Tales: The Forgotten Door – The Genechal It was with very great interest that I read chapter seven of Robert Smith’s book ‘A Queen’s Country’ published … Continue reading The Forgotten Door

Lochnagar: stoneballs

Chapter 9 of ‘Deeside Tales: the stories of a small glen’ This chapter, let me say at outset, carries neither political correctness nor respect of authority. You see whisky, Deeside, … Continue reading Lochnagar: stoneballs