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Reminiscences of Dollar, Tillicoultry and other Districts adjoining the Ochils
by William Gibson (1883)

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Chapter I
Blackford: its old Church and Churchyard—Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715—Weaving Villages of Scotland Ruined by the Introduction of the Power-Loom—Kincardine Glen, Duchally Mill, and Auchterarder—Old Days of the Spinning Wheel and Hand Cards for Wool - Dollar - Relatives - Castle Campbell—Petition to the Duke of Argyle—A Duke greater than a Lord—A 'Hielan" Proclamation—First Wool Mill in Dollar—Thomas Forrest, Vicar of Dollar—Castle Campbell burned by the Macleans in 1644—Making of New Walk in Dollar Glen—Grant of Water to Dollar by Sir Andrew Orr - Porgober—Higher Sea Levels—Collieries—Healing Properties of Vicar's Bridge Mineral Water—Story of 'Old Lachie' and the Coal Pit.

Chapter II
Wilson Family of Bankhead, and Letters from America during the American War in 1812 and 1813—First Steamer on the Clyde (the Comet) in 1812—The Old Home in Dollar— Stories about the late Mr. Stewart of Glendevon—Reform Bill of 1832.

Chapter III
Captain John M'Nab, and his splendid Bequest to Dollar—Building of Dollar Academy commenced in 1818—Craumurd Tait's Letter in 1815, intimating the Rev. Dr. Mylne's appointment to the Church of Dollar—First Teachers in Dollar Academy —An Old Dame's School—Bob M'Donald and 'Daily Bread.'

Chapter IV
Meal Mill and Big Wheel below Castle Campbell Wood—Plan for a Range of Mills in Dollar Banks—The Poet Burns at Harvieatoun Castle—Bird's-Eye View of the Devon Valley, and Archbishop of Canterbury Peak—Tait's Tomb—Old Buildings in Dollar—'Old Craigie'—Days of the Corn Laws —Literary Shepherd born in 1712.

Chapter V
Teachers in Dollar Academy in my School Days—The Old Church of Dollar, rebuilt in 1775—Sacramental Fasts generally, and Special Days of Fasting in Markinch in the year 1640— Dog made to 'ken' how to keep the Sabbath—An Old Lady's Opinion of what constituted 'a Christian '—Rev. Dr. Mylne on 'The Ten Virgins '—Correspondence between Dr. M'Kelvie and Dr. Mylne—New Trustees for Dollar Academy appointed in 1826—Act of Parliament got in 1847, constituting a new Board of Trustees—Death of Dr. Mylne in 1856—Extracts from the Statistical Account of Dollar in 1792, by the Rev. Mr. Watson—Detailed Notice of Teachers in the Academy up till the year 1835—Pupils at Dollar Academy in my School Days—The Rev. Dr. Wyllie—' Run-line '-Origin of the Name of Cairnpark in Dollar—Old Families of Dollar —The Blackwood Band of Fiddlers—.Johnnie Cook and Fiddlefield—John Orr and Battle of Alexandria in 1801— The Horse Shoe, and Western Suburbs of Dollar—Story of the Goat and Gander going to Church—Gloomhill and Hillfoot—Old Families of Dollar continued—First Post-master appointed in Dollar in 1830.

Chapter VI
Relatives at one time in Clackmnannan—Bankhead Farm—Sojourn in Dunfermline—Manufacturing Firma, etc., in Dunfermline Forty-five Years ago—Annular Eclipse of the Sun on 15th May 1836—Means of Locomotion in those days.

Chapter VII
Begin Business in Dollar—Old Firms in Glasgow Forty Years ago —Increase of the ,City of Glasgow since then—Scientific Discoveries and Progress in the Nineteenth Century—First Telegraph Message flashed across the Atlantic on 17th of August 1858—Invention of the Telephone: Conversation carried on between Persons 1000 Miles apart—Discovery of Photography—Portraits taken by a Machine—New Aniline Dyes—Revelations in Geology and Astronomy—Progress in the Science of Chemistry—Introduction of Railways--The Art of Printing discovered in 1448—Immense Strides the Press has taken during the last Fifty Years—Beautifully Illustrated Literature of the Present Day—Fabulously Low Prices at which Books can now be Published—Established Church at Dollar, and Free Church at Shelterhall—Milnathort: 'Coaching Days,' etc.

Chapter VIII
Tillicoultry and Neighbourhood—Legend of the 'Clenched Fist' —Old Castle in Tillicoultry—Names of Hills in the Ochil Range—Last Occupier of Mill Glen House Farm—Extracts from Statistical Accounts of Tilicoultry Parish, written in 1792 and 1840—Fishing Streams of the Ochils—Glenfarg one of the most Picturesque Glens in Scotland—Tillicoultry a Manufacturing Village in the days of Queen Mary—First Mills erected in Tilicoultry—First Carding-Engine in Tillicoultry, driven by the hand; and the first one in Alva, driven by a horse—Invention of the Spinning- Mule—First Self-acting Mules for wool in Great Britain, erected in Alva and Tillicoultry—Invention of the Piecing Machino and Condenser—Wool still ' pieced' in some Places by the hand—Detailed Notice of the Public Works in Tiflicoultry —The Village of Tullibody founded by Kenneth, King of the Soots, in the year 834—Battle betw.en the Picts and the Scots—Abbey of Canibuskenneth built by David I., King of Scotland, in 1147; and Tullibody Church in 1149—Unroofing of Tullibody Church by the French—Notice of Public Works continued—Building of Popular Institute in Tillcoultry—First Post-master appointed to Tillicoultry in 1833 —Telegraph from Aba to Tillicoultry constructed in 1860 —Experience of Fires.

Chapter IX
Commencement of the Village of Devonside—Kefflersbrae and Strude Mills—Formation of Gartmorn Dam in 1700—Forrest Mill, and Michael Bruce, the Poet of Lochieven—Subsequent Occupiers of some of the Mills—Great Flood in 1877— Heavy Flood in the Devon in 1785—Romantic Story about the Drysdale Family of Tillicoultry—Manufacturing Firms who didn't spin Yarns—Manufacturers at one time in Tilhicoultry—Goods manufactured at the Foot of the Ochils - Reference to some of the Works in Alva, Menstrie, and Glendevon—The Three Students and the Countryman—The Herd Laddie and the 'Even-down pour of rain—Tartan Shawl Houses at one time in Glasgow, and Euyrs who visited the Hhlfoota—The 'Tartan Ball' in Alva in the year 1845.

Chapter X
Teachers, Bankers, and Ministers that have been in Tillicoultry Departed Townsmen—Mr. Kirk taught Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, his 'A B C '—Eccentricities of Mr. Watt: his Definition of a Mountain—Mr. W. W. Clugstone appointed Teacher during Mr. Watt's Lifetime —On Death of Mr. Watt, Mr. M'Turk appointed—The Rev. Archibald Browning's Famous Boarding Establishment— The Rev. George Gilfillan's Opinion of Mr. Browning— Detailed Notice of other Teachers—Detailed Notice of the Banks, Bankers, Churches, and Ministers of Tilliconitry—A few of our Townsmen who have passed away since the year 1848.

Chapter XI
Tilicoultry made into a Burgh—Proprietor of the 'Pay the Day and Trust the Morn' Tavern, and the Gauger—The same Worthy, and the Cripple Laird of Tilliconitry—Present Turnpike Road along the Foot of the Ochils, constructed in 1806 or 1807—Construction of New Cemetery in Tillicoultry —Thanks.

Appendix to the First Edition

Appendix to the Second Edition
Great Flood in 1883—Contemplated Railway to the Top of Ben Cleugh—The Mysterious 'Foundling' of Gateside, Dollar—A Correction.

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