In National Museum of
Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh, from the District:—
(For Letters and Numbers
refer to Catalogue, 1892.)
A.F. 56. Axe of green mottled
stone, 8 by inches, finely polished, found on the bank of the Ericht at
Rattray. Deposited 1873.
A.B. 480. Portion of flint
B.E. 139, 140. Whorl of lead,
| in. diameter; of slate-stone, 1 in. diameter; from Kinclaven.—1880.
D.G. 43. Lance head, 2f in.
long, from Blacklaw. —1832.
E.Q. 1, 2, 3, 4. Fragments of
urn ; small lozenge-shaped piece of worked bone, perforated; burnt bones ;
from sepulchral deposits at Murthly.—1870.
H.D. 61, 62-68, 69, 70, 71,
72, 73, 74. Rubbing stone of blue granitic stone, 28 by 24 by 12 in.; round
balls of quartz, from 3 to 5 in. diameter; whetstones or polishers of
greenish stone, 3 and 5 in. long; whetstone of greystone, 4 in. long; stone
whorl, 1J in. diameter; circular disc of mica-schist, 2 in. diameter,
perforated ; long handled comb, 4f in. long; from hut circle at South Persie.—1866.
E.A. 2. Cinerary urn of clay,
15J by 12 in., finely ornamented, from Glenballoch.—1881.
E.C. 5, 6. Incense cup, If
in. high, within larger urn (6) 1878. (See page 78.)
H.D. 75, 76, 77. Fragment of
bronze pin, 5 in. long, from hut circle; block of granite, 12 by 12 by 3|
in. with shallow cup-shaped cavity; flat, circular disc of chlorite schist,
4t in. diameter, pierced in centre, from the “Grey Cairn,”
I.B. 101. Slab of sandstone,
44 by 24 by 5 in. with figures of men and animals in relief, from Gelly-buin,
M.A. 31. Brass cooking-pot, 8
in. high, lip broken, handle 7 in. long, and ornamented with double
concentric circles and central dots, found at Blairgowrie.—1856.
O.B. Medal of George Drummond
In possession of James Isles,
J.P.. F.S.A., Scot.
Bronze pot from Blackloch.
(See page 78.)
Bronze celt or axe, found at
Iron door knocker, dated
1682, found at Meikleour.
Iron studs from door of
Key found in debris at same
Coin tester of brass from old
shop in Blair.
Tinder box, steel, and flint.
Three flint arrow heads from
Shell found in coffin at
Hour-Glass from Parish Church
A peer-inan found near
A stone, inscribed I.R.,
1617, found at Ilosemount.
Stone cup from Roman camp at
Stone seal, inscribed R.I.,
found at old weigh-house in High Street.
Piece of wood rafter from
Donald Cargill’s house at Hatton.
Wood plough socket found at
In possession of James M'Levy,
Stone axe found near Roman
camp at Meikleour.
Silver medal, ornamented and
inscribed—“ Presented to Parochial School, Blairgowrie, by Robert Geekie,
Esq., of Rosemount. Annual medal. Elizabeth Gray, 1st Class, Dux, 1869.”
Silver medal, plain and
inscribed as above, but no date.
Formerly in use in
Blairgowrie, Rattray, Clunie, and
Kinloch, from the collections
of G. S. Duncan,
F.S.A., Scot., and John Reid,
Ogilvie Arms Inn. (See Illustration.)
No. 1, 2. M.: 1 L. Minister:
James Lyon (1720) and (1702)
3. M.: W. D. „ William Dow
4. M.: J. J. „ James
5. A. O. G.: Mi nr. Archibald
Ochiltree Greig: Minr.
6. M.: R. B. Minister: Robert
7. Parish of Rattray, 1849.
8. M.: A.M. Minister: Alex.
M'Culloch (1731) -A- O. Alex. Ogilvy, A.M. (1722)
10. Clunie Church, 1840.
11, 12. M.: I. G. Minister:
James Gray (16U7)
13. 1751. Robert Anderson
14. L. B. „ Laurence Butter
A Wag-at-the-Wa’ Clock, dated
1710, said to have belonged to Lord Lynedoch, may be seen at the office of
Robert Nelson, Solicitor, Wellmeadow.
A beautiful model of the
Celestial Globe, used in teaching by Miss Murray in the Dames’ School,
Meadow Bank Cottage, is now the property of Miss Robertson, James Street
William Dickson, Maybank, has
a Curiously-Shaped Stone, which was found several years ago in the Moss of
Coehrage! It resembles the shape of a pike, is 28 inches in length, tapering
from 4J inches to 2| inches, from 2-inch to 2 inches thick, with regular
markings on both sides, and weighs 10 lbs. Antiquarian authorities in
Edinburgh are of opinion that it is a war-club used by the early Britons,
which supposition is borne out by the fact that it is similar to war-clubs
in use at the present time by some of the hill tribes in India.
William Grant, Chemist, and
George Cunnison, Burgh Surveyor, have a copy of Feuing-Plan of Blairgowrie
estate, dated 1854, which shows a curious illustration of the town at that
Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital.
To commemorate the Queen’s
Jubilee, 1887, the erection of a Cottage Hospital was proposed, but through
lack of interest the suggestion fell flat. It Mas, however, quietly worked
up by the late John Panton, and, since his death, by Lieut.-Col. G. G.
MacLaren, M.D., of Falcon House, with such success that about £2500 has been
raised by subscription (Lieut.-General Sir J. C. Rattray, £1000; Sir William
Laird of Gartsherrie, £500, &c.), and ere long the noble aim of the
promoters will be accomplished.
“Blairgowrie—The Royal Scotch
Whisky ” has had a large consumption in and around London for the last 20
years, and was so named in remembrance of a very pleasant visit to
Blairgowrie. It took the highest award at Rochefort Exhibition. The label is
printed on a ground of Royal Stewart tartan. The whisky is bottled by the
sole proprietors, Nicholls, Piper, & Co., Glasgow.
Another whisky known as “
Blairgowrie Blend ” (10 years old) is sold by J. L. Webster, v\ ine
“Change Here for
As Blairgowrie is situated at
the terminus of a branch line of the Caledonian Railway, travellers have
generally to change carriages at Coupar Angus (4§ miles distant). At this
station, John Robertson, porter, has been for over 40 years the most
prominent figure, with his well-known cry, “ Change here for Blairgowrie.”
In “ Industry and Invention,”
by Samuel Smiles, LL.D., appears the following:—
“From early morn till late at
John’s honest face is to be
Bustling about the trains
Be’t sunshine or be’t
"Change here for
And as each one stops at his
He greets it with the well-known roar
Of ‘Change here for Blairgowrie.’
“Even when the still and
Has drawn the curtains of our sight,
John’s watchful eyes become more bright,
And takes another glow’r aye,
Thro’ yon blue dome of sparkling stars,
Where Venus bright and rudy Mars
hine down upon Blairgowrie.
“He kens each jinkin’ comet’s
And when it’s likely to come back,
When they have tails, and when they lack—
In heaven the waggish power aye;
When Jupiter’s belt buckle hings,
And the Pyx mark on Saturn’s rings,
He sees from near Blairgowrie.”
With the 19th century on the
wane, and the 20th looming into view, may Blairgowrie go on and prosper.
Some day in the near future we look for the Electric Light, Municipal
Buildings, a New Town Hall, the Public Park utilised, and many other
improvements carried out, which would tend to make this favourite resort
still more popular, and not content to “ Rest and be Thankful.”