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 John Stewart 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 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:
This film is about Bannockburn House. The film is dedicated to Mick Collinson:
The next few films are about the Bridge of Allan orchards. My grandfather, Rab Scott (who died in 1979) was the last orchardman:
The following films are about Gilbert Farie, the hunched-backed pharmacist, who so haunted the dreams of young Robert Louis Stevenson:
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:
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:
A tragic story about Jerah:
A film about Hercules the bear (Sheriffmuir Inn):
A film about the Wallace Monument. You will not believe the story behind it:
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 Livingstone:
A film about Blawlowan, Pathfoot:
Bridge of Allan Highland Games, 2013:
The Ageing Stone, Peter’s sculpture:
Eliza Black, Bridge of Allan, and Rabbie Burns:
Films about Lecropt and the Stirlings of Keir:
The Scottish Tapestry at Stirling Castle:
Andy and Jamie Murray. My Granny used to play tennis in Bridge of Allan with Judy Murray’s granny:
This film is about the Wharry glen and lost fathers (the film is dedicated to Dr Pat Beausang):
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):
Two films about Arnhall Castle:
This film is about Heathershot, Carse of Lecropt:
Vintage Car Rally, 14th May 2017, Bridge of Allan:
Stirling’s first marathon, Sunday 21st May 2017:
Vintage car rally, Bridge of Allan, Sunday 13th May 2018:
This was filmed at Borrowmeadow farm, by the river Forth, near Stirling. I first filmed at Borrowmeadow in May 2015. Yesterday, 22 June 2018, I returned. In time in-between it has lost its roof. Borrowmeadow is an ancient farm but its future is in peril.
The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely”.
The central idea behind this film is the bridge that spans the arts and sciences; a bridge that spans time and experience; a bridge that helps you cross to what matters, that being love (the river of light).
This is a film of the book launch of ‘Bridge of Allan -a history’ by Craig Mair. Our village cannot thank or praise Craig Mair enough for researching and weaving together such a wonderfully rich tapestry of village stories, memories and occasions. I met Ella McLean as a wee boy. She would be thrilled by Craig’s work.
This is a film about Lord Kames. Known as Henry Home he was a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. In this film I visit his obelisk on a tumulus near Blair Drummond.
As long as I can remember, opposite the chip shop in Bridge of Allan, was Glenallan Fashions, a bridal shop called ‘Altar Images’. It closed last year. It has now been refurbished and has just opened as a COSTA franchise.
May 2019 and the Classic Car Rally arrives in Bridge of Allan.
A fictional Street:
for itself alone (the Covid-19 pandemic, art, and a village):
Mossgrove garden, May 2020:
Fountain Road, June 2020:
This too shall pass [Covid-19], June 2020:
Wilder and more Memorable, June 2020, wild meadow flowers, Mossgrove, Bridge of Allan: