‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

On 13th November 1881, George Stephen, Watchmaker, Comrie lost his spectacles [presumably going to, or coming from, church]: George Stephen would have been a ‘weel kent’ figure in Comrie given … Continue reading ‘A Pair of GOLD SPECTACLES in a Tartan Case’

The Devon at Cambus

I worked as an NHS doctor in Clackmannanshire for 14 years, where I visited patients in Cambus (which sits by the confluence of the river Forth and the river Devon … Continue reading The Devon at Cambus

‘This ungetatable place’

I recently read ‘Barnhill: a Novel’ by Norman Bissell. It is a partly fictional account of George Orwell’s last few years and his time on Jura. At Barnhill croft on … Continue reading ‘This ungetatable place’

Pitmiddle village

On Thursday 6th July 2017, on a wet summer morning, I set off to find the deserted village of Pitmiddle, in the Carse of Gowrie, Perthshire. What follows is a … Continue reading Pitmiddle village