Bridge of Allan

This page will share some of the films on Bridge of Allan made by Omphalos.

My mother’s family, the Scott family, were villagers and established orchards at Drumdruills and surrounding Orchard House. The first village doctor, Dr David Rutherfoord, was my forebear.

Alexander McCall Smith is an admirer of my films.

The first film is about Malcolm Allan of Coneyhill who has been a friend of mine for several decades. Malcolm, a retired librarian, has no computer. His cerebral powers can make connections that no computer can (like Oswald from Poliakoff’s “Shooting the Past”). He is the most dapper man in the village and has been for over 50 years:

The owl parliament of Scotland from omphalos on Vimeo.

The next film is about the Heron who 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:

The Flight of the Heron from omphalos on Vimeo.

This film is about Bannockburn House. The film is dedicated to Mick Collinson:

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands from omphalos on Vimeo.

The next few films are about the Bridge of Allan orchards. My grandfather, Rab Scott (who died in 1979) was the last orchardman:

Now through my window from omphalos on Vimeo.

Greatest reward from omphalos on Vimeo.

The Blossomest Blossom from omphalos on Vimeo.

Ten summers fade from omphalos on Vimeo.

Jeely Piece from omphalos on Vimeo.

The following films are about Gilbert Farie, the hunched-backed pharmacist, who so haunted the dreams of young Robert Louis Stevenson:

Gilbert Farie revisited from omphalos on Vimeo.

You think so much of yoursel’ from omphalos on Vimeo.

One-third Gin and two-thirds Ginger Beer from omphalos on Vimeo.

Two films about the Museum Hall:


A film made in Cleopatra’s Triangle on the date Prince William married Kate:

A short film about the Olympic torch being carried through our village:

Moving on from omphalos on Vimeo.

A film about Dr Eric Dow of Fernfield, Bridge of Allan, who became bankrupt and then took his life by cyanide. His death was just a few months before the NHS began:

[21st May 1947.] from omphalos on Vimeo.

A film about Hercules the bear (Sherrifmuir Inn):

A film about the Wallace Monument. You will not believe the story behind it:

Monumental Madness from omphalos on Vimeo.

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 Livingston:

The passing bell from omphalos on Vimeo.

A film about Blawlowan, Pathfoot:

Living to tell the tale from omphalos on Vimeo.

Bridge of Allan Highland Games, 2013:

Bridge of Allan Highland Games (2013) from omphalos on Vimeo.

The Ageing Stone, Peter’s sculpture:

Ageing is truth from omphalos on Vimeo.

Eliza Black, Bridge of Allan, and Rabbie Burns:

But I’ll remember thee from omphalos on Vimeo.

Mossgrove garden:

Tyranny of the quantifiable from omphalos on Vimeo.

Films about Lecropt and the Stirlings of Keir:

Lecropt – the million-petalled flower of being here from omphalos on Vimeo.

Lecropt – King’s village found from omphalos on Vimeo.

Lecropt: Ten Summers Fade from omphalos on Vimeo.

Keir – Non est mortale quod opto from omphalos on Vimeo.

Keir – Gang Forward from omphalos on Vimeo.

The Scottish Tapestry at Stirling Castle:

Past and Present (to catch the watcher’s eye) from omphalos on Vimeo.

Andy and Jamie Murray. My Granny used to play tennis in Bridge of Allan with Judy Murray’s granny:

The World’s Best from omphalos on Vimeo.

This film is about the Wharry glen and lost fathers (the film is dedicated to Dr Pat Beausang):

The Wharry from omphalos on Vimeo.

This film is about Milladd cottage at the foot of the Wharry burn, by the River Allan (the film is dedicated to Sgt Albert Ernest Bayne):

It is not down in any map from omphalos on Vimeo.

Two films about Arnhall Castle:

Part of from omphalos on Vimeo.

Ursine physiology – may not be mainstream physiology from omphalos on Vimeo.

This film is about Heathershot, Carse of Lecropt:

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