St Dominic and the Crieff connection

St Dominic and the Crieff Connection
This Blog is dedicated to my dear friends Brendan and Pat Devine , Barnshaw Cottage , Crieff The first Catholic School in Crieff after the Reformation was located at the top of Mitchell Street at a locus which is now occupied by the Bield Sheltered Housing development known as Strathearn Court . Prior to the building of these sheltered houses the site was occupied by a large Georgian detached house in grounds of some 3 to 4 acres and known originally as Springbank latterly Flowerhill and then finally and appositely as “ The Old Hoose “ . Riddled with dry rot , it was demolished and the site cleared about 1985 . The house itself was surrounded by a high stone wall and trees and could not be clearly seen from either Mitchell street or Strathearn Terrace . It extended down as far as Miller Street and the site of the old Municipal Bowling Green was it southern boundary . It was conterminous with the properties of Mr James Millar of Knock Cottage after w…

Industry in Crieff in the 18th &19th Centuries

As Crieff grew in size after the ’45 Uprising , its economy was quite varied . Porteous in “ The History of Crieff  gives an excellent account of what was happening in and around the town . Agriculture was of course pre eminent. The first Show was in 1815 run by the Strathearn Agricultural Society . Ploughing matches were also a regular occurrence . Two brothers named Fisken from the town are the reputed inventors of the steam  plough . There were a number of plots of land named “ pecks “ around the town which were rented by the many citizens . Broich Terrace ( location ) was the  most popular . The three Estates of Dollerie , Drummond and Broich all had pecks which they rented out . The Acres ( Strathearn Terrace ) were larger than the pecks . Crops such as oats , barley and potatoes were grown Timber – Morgan , McAinsh and Lewis Miller all had sawmills around the town Brewing – 1748 – there were  at least 5 breweries – Galvelmore – Milnab Street and Comrie Streets ( Hawkshaw Cottage wa…

The Terrible Parish : St Beans Church Kinkell and about that airt .

Oh what a Parish , what a terrible parish Oh what a Parish is that of Kinkell  They has hangit the minister , drooned  the precentor Dunged doon the steeple and drunken the bell 

Virtually forgotten , St Beans, the old Kirk of Kinkell is a peaceful haven in a spectacular  setting overlooking the Earn . If stones could talk !

The Medieval Church of  St Beans and the churchyard 

Followers of my Blogs  might recall that I covered  the last execution on the " Kind Gallows " of  Crieff  and that the poor person was none other than the Minister of Kinkell, one |Richard Duncan . Th poor  guy had  been accused and found guilty of the murder of a child . The body had been discovered hidden under the hearth stone . The child was that of  Duncan's maid - servant and  he was  condemned  to hang  at the Crieff Stayt  by the Fourth Earl of  Perth and Steward of Strathearn . 
A reprieve  had  been obtained but  by the time the messenger bearing the brfief  had  arrived in Crieff it was tw…

St Beans Kirk in Fowlis Wester Strathearn

St Beans Kirk

There hasbeen achurchon thissite dating in probabilityback to the seventh or eighth century . The present building was reconstructedto the plans of architect J Jeffrey Waddell in 1927 .To his credit , he retainedmuch of its historical past in the present fabric . There is a reconstruct leper squint in line with the alter . Leprosy wasa common disease in medieval Scotland and indeed King Robert the Brucewas sufferer . The association of the Moray / Moray-Stirling family ofnearby Abercairney with the Kirk is clear to see . There is a panel bearing the coat of arms of Colonel William Moray - Stirling and above thisa stone inscribed WsM ( Sir William Moray of Abercairney ) dated1640 .Externally , Waddell added the crowsteppedgablesand retainedthe18th century bird cage bellcote (bell tower ) above the main entrance door.
Fowlis Wester is a charming littlevillage which with the changes in the roadsystem in the 19th century has becomesomewhat unique in Streathearn. …
Episcopacy in Strathearn
A History of the Church at Muthill from the earliest times to the present day
( written in 1907 )
An Early Period

The beautiful valley of the earn extending from Balquhidder to Newburgh was in olden days one of the distant routes of communication between the extreme west of Scotland and the east . The influence of the first Christian missionaries beginning in the west of Argyllshire soon extended itself to the east by the valleys lying between Loch Lomond and Loch Earn , and the track of  the missionaries can  still be made out  with little difficulty  by the existence of place names and  Church dedications .
Of the character  of that Irish Christianity  that thus came into Scotland ,there is little dispute  today .Generally speaking it partook of the character of ordinary Western Christianity , with this exception that whereas in the more highly organised parts of Western Europe it was diocesan , in Ireland and Scotland  it was at that time monastic. The Celti…