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Significant Scots
Charles Spence


Our thanks to Jeanne Hunter for the following information.

Charles Spence was born in 1779 in Rait (Kinfauns Parish).  He was a mason by trade, repairing and building small houses and cottages. However he executed 2 larger projects.....building of the Free Church of Errol and the restoration of Kinnaird Castle......He later was employed by the Threiplands of Fingask and Kinnaird to do the mason work on the estate.  He was also a sculptor and some of his pieces can be seen now on the grounds of Fingask.

He married Anne Bisset and they had 10 children.

His poetry (at least some of it) was collected and published in 1898 (after the Poet's death) by James MacTurk Strachan, parish minister of Kilspindie and Rait........"From the Braes of the Carse".  Only 300 were printed.

To quote from the introduction of "From the Braes......"....  "Some of his poems are beautiful.  Some are intensely humorous.  Some display a lightness of touch and a beauty of fancy that are wonderful.  Poetic thoughts lie thick in his pages."

He was well known in the Carse of Gowrie as "the Poet" and many of his songs and poems were recited or sung by the local people.


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