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 no name. A later map confirmed that it was Muir o’Gill.
With Sian I visited Muir o’Gill on Sunday 23rd September 2018. It is now a tumbling ruin: roofless and overgrown with Ivy. The undergrowth and copse of trees now hide it completely. It’s history is forgotten.
I have been able to find out very little about Muir o’Gill but it was still inhabited in 1940 by a Mr Neil Menzies.
This film is for the Menzies family. Strathearn remains most beautiful country.
To play the film please click here or on the above image.
‘He rather wanders from the point, doesn’t he?’
Music credit: ‘Into my arms’ by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
With thanks to Julian Barnes, Anton Chekhov, Edwin Morgan and Evelyn Waugh