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Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials of Srathearn
The Burning of Dalreoch


Sunday, the 29th, by three in the morning, the Captains Stewart and Murray, with a detachement of that party that burned the houses and corns of Mr Haldane of Abruthven, came to Dalreoch, a barony belonging to Mr Haldane of Gleneagles, the most part of which was stocked by himself and managed by his own servants. These they found all asleep, because they were expecting no such thing, fur two nights before Mungo Campbell, son to Collin Campbell of Corymuchloch, had came with a party from the garrisone of Duncrub, and ordered them, under the pain of military executione, to put into the barns and thresh out great quantities of corn to be carryed into the Arrny at Perth, who began then to be in want.

The first thing the party did was to carry a great quantity of the threshed straw, and, laying it round the stacks and houses, putt fire to all at the same time, so that with much adoe the servants and those that were in the houses escap'd; horses and cattle he had none, being taken away by the Rebells long before that time. While this farm and all that belonged to it was yet a-burning, another detachment sent by Lord George Murray from Duning, and commanded by the foresaid Mungo Campbell, came up (for Dalreoch lyes within a mile of Duning). He who had had many occasions to be well acquainted in that place perceiving that Stewart and Murray's party, who were but strangers, had by mistake not put fire to some corn stacks of Mr Haldane's which stood at some distance, went with his party and sett fire to them himself, and from that going towards the corn-yard of a tennent of Mr Haldane's, called John Pernie, in which there was a good many-stacks, brought some quantity of burning straw and other materialls from Mr Haldane's corn-yard, and threatn'd to burn houses, corns, and all, if John would not give him money. He declared upon oath that he had no more than one guinea, and that he would give. Mungo said he knew he had friends hard by that could help him to give more, so they went together to that friend's house, but the false alarm coming that the King's Army was approaching, he accepted of the thirty shillings, and went off with his party; and in passing at a boat hard by, and knowing that the boatman's house belonged to Mr Haldane, he lykewaycs threatned to sett fire to it, but his fright was such that he at last accepted of a summ of money, and with his party pass'd over the water.


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