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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Sheep Shearing Ballinluig Perthshire Scotland


An old photograph of Sheep Shearing at Ballinluig, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Kindrochet Lodge Calvine Perthshire Scotland


Kindrochet Lodge, Calvine, Perthshire, Scotland. In a secluded position with a sunny aspect, Kindrochet Lodge is situated just outside the village of Calvine , just above the River Errochty some four miles from Blair Atholl.

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Monday, 29 December 2008

Aberdalgie Parish Perthshire Scotland


Aberdalgie Parish, Perthshire, Scotland. " Aberdalgie Parish, west of Bridge of Earn, Perthshire. It has a post office under Perth. Acres, 4165. Real property in 1880-81, £4657. Pop. 297. The surface rises from the Earn to the northern boundary, presents a luxurious appearance, and commands picturesque views. The chief feature is Duplin Castle, the seat of the Earl of Kinnoul. The public school has about thirty eight scholars." The Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882.

Aberdalgie Church, Perthshire, Scotland, benefited from the interest of the Dewar family who became lairds of Dupplin in 1911. Under the patronage of John Dewar, first Baron Forteviot of Dupplin, the prominent Scottish architect, Sir Robert Lorimer, remodelled the interior in 1929. The Dewar Gravestones are located behind the church.

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Friday, 26 December 2008

Strathfillan Perthshire Scotland


Strathfillan, Perthshire, Scotland. Strathfillan is a strath in West Perthshire named after an 8th Century Irish hermit monk later canonised Saint Fillan. It stretches from Bridge of Orchy to Crianlarich, and has long been a major route through the Highlands of Scotland.

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Thursday, 25 December 2008

Hogmanay Flambeaux Procession Comrie Perthshire Scotland

Hogmanay Flambeaux Procession, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland. 31st of December 2008. Town Centre, Comrie, from approximately 11.30pm onwards. The Flambeaux is an ancient torchlight procession originally performed to drive evil spirits from the village of Comrie. Free Admission. Contact Crieff Tourist Information Centre, Telephone 01764 652578.

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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Hogmanay at Perth Concert Hall Perthshire Scotland

Hogmanay at Perth Concert Hall, Perthshire, Scotland. 31st December 2008. Doors will open at 9.30pm with Show commencing at 10pm. Join us and some fantastic musicians to bring in 2009 with a bang, literally! This year’s show stars one of our very favourite bands, the turbo-charged fiddle-driven thing that is Session A9. Combining a four-fiddle attack with a relentless rhythm section they produce an irresistible sound, unrivalled on the traditional scene. Support this year comes from Orkestra del Sol. Inspired by the great brass band traditions of Eastern Europe, Orkestra del Sol’s music exudes energy and spirit: the swagger of a Balkan wedding band, the vibrancy of a Caribbean festival and the flair of a Latin ballroom. Globally inspired, but distilled in Scotland. Admission Tickets standing £11 to £13, seated £17 to £19. Contact Perth Concert Hall, Telephone 0845 612 6320. Hogmanay Scotland.

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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Coupar Angus Parish Perthshire Scotland


Coupar Angus Parish, Perthshire, Scotland. " Coupar Angus, town and parish partly in Forfarshire, but chiefly in Perthshire. The town stands near the Isla, on a small affluent of that river, north-east-by-north of Perth; adjoins the site of a Roman camp and vestiges of an ancient abbey; dates from old times, and has undergone much recent improvement; carries on linen manufacture and other industries; and has a head post office with all departments, a railway station, three banking offices, a hotel and inns, a town hall, a new water supply of 1874, Established, Free, United Presbyterian, Original Secession, Evangelical Union, and Episcopal churches, and a public school of 1877 for about five hundred scholars. Pop. 2154. The parish contains also the villages of Balbrogie, Longluis, and Washington, and measures about five miles in length and from about two and half miles in breadth. Acres in Forfarshire, 184; in Perthshire, 4515. Real property in 1880-81, £1790 and £14,312. Pop. 256 and 2281. The surface is part of Strathmore, bisected by a ridge, commanding a splendid view." Wilson, Rev. John, The Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882.

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Monday, 15 December 2008

Carol Service Perthshire Scotland

Carol Service, 7.30pm, 18 December 2008, Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. Presented by Perth Action of Churches Together. Speaker - Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane. Praise led by a special “Churches Together” choir under the direction of Craig Dennis. PACT is an association of 28 local church congregations and religious organisations. Admission is Free with a collection for local charities or current disaster fund. Contact Perth Concert Hall. Telephone 0845 612 6320.

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Friday, 12 December 2008

Swan Lake Perthshire Scotland


Swan Lake Perthshire Scotland. Swan Lake with Ballet Russee at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perthshire, Scotland. First produced in May 1875 at the Russian Imperial Theatre, Moscow, Swan Lake is a classic ballet, which tells the romantic story of a young maiden who is transformed into a swan after being cursed by an evil sorcerer - a curse which can only be broken by a pledge of eternal love. This is a tale of betrayal and power, magic and mystic creatures and a happy-ever-after, as the virtues of love and forgiveness conquer all. Look no further for a fantastic evening of romance and dance, perfect for all ages.This ballet is in three acts, with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa. All of Ballet Russe's dancers trained in the renowned Russian Ballet Academies, including the Kirov, Bolshoi and Perm Academies. They will bring a distinctive Russian style – full bodied yet disciplined, precise yet passionate, to the Pitlochry stage. Date: Fri 12th - Sat 13th December, plus a special matinee performance on Sat 13th December, 2pm. Tickets: £16-£18. Venue: Main House. Time: 2pm matinee, 7.30pm evening.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The Snow Queen Perthshire Scotland

The Snow Queen, 5th December 2008 to 3rd of January 2009, Perth Theatre, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm. Based on the enchanting story by Hans Christian Andersen, this is a delightful Christmas adventure for the whole family. The wicked Snow Queen smashes her evil mirror and blows the specks and splinters around the world. A piece of the mirror hits young Kay, who the Snow Queen takes to her Ice Palace at the very top of the world. She waits for Kay's heart to turn to ice so her dastardly plan to make winter last forever can be fulfilled. Gerda, Kay's best friend, must journey north and brave many dangers in her attempt to save Kay and break winter's grip. Leading us through terrifying ordeals, as well as endless fun and nonsense, Gerda never gives up. Along the way she meets talking ravens, the evil Cobweb Spider, a prince and princess, a band of robbers, greedy polar bears and a brave reindeer who carries Gerda across the arctic wastes. Advisory: although this is a family show there are scary baddies, not for the under 5s or the very nervous! Admission; Tickets £13.50 to £18.50 (Concessions available from £10) Please Contact Perth Theatre, Telephone; 0845 612 6320.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Perthshire Christmas Celebration 2008


Perthshire Christmas Celebration 2008. Let the Atholl Arms Hotel take the strain out of your Christmas Day with our ever popular 3-day festive break.

Wednesday 24th December 2008; Arrive at the Hotel any time after 3pm. Settle in to your room and relax before dinner, a 3-course Table d’hote menu served in our river restaurant from 6pm to 8.30pm. (table booking is advisable on arrival)

Limited tickets are available for the watch night service at Dunkeld Cathedral

Thursday 25th December 2008. Breakfast will again be served in our River Restaurant from 8am to 9.30am. The serving of Christmas Luncheon will be from 1pm – 3pm to which table booking is required. This will be followed with Coffee and Petit fours served in the lounge. After relaxing for a short time, why not take part in our festive fun quiz, who knows you may even win one of our “exclusive” Prizes!! The evening concludes with the serving of a hot and cold buffet which will be available from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the lounge area

Friday 26thDecember 2008. The day begins with a full Scottish Breakfast which is served in the river restaurant from 8.00am to 9.45am. After Breakfast the rest of the day is at your own disposal whether it’s a bit of shopping in some of individually owned shops in Dunkeld or even bargain hunting in the Fair City of Perth. A 3-course Table d’hote dinner will again be served in our river restaurant from 6pm to 8.30pm.(table booking is once again advised).

Saturday 27th December 2008. Breakfast will be served in our River Restaurant
from 8am to 9.45am. Contact the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld, Scotland.

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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Santa Claus Perthshire Scotland


The very popular Cairngorm Reindeer assisted Santa Claus with his duties on Sunday 7th December. Santa arrived with his reindeer at Scone Palace, Perthshire, Scotland, at 11.45am.

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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Maclntyre Ancestry Perthshire Scotland

Duncan Ban Maclntyre, 1724-1812, Poet, was born on 20th March 1724 in Glen Orchy on the Argyll and Perthshire border; there he worked as a gamekeeper and forester, and the experience of being in such close contact with nature was to exert a considerable influence on much of his later poetry. Another influence was the Reverend James Stewart of Killin who may have introduced Mac an t-Saoir to the poetry of the time. When Mac an t-Saoir began to compose his own poetry it was the minister's son, John, who wrote down the works, and edited them and prepared them for press in 1768, for the poet was not able to write himself, even though his linguistic skills and ability to compose were developed to an astonishing degree. Shortly before the publication of his poems he moved to Edinburgh, where he served in the City Guard and later as a soldier in the Breadalbane Fencibles. Although he continued to write in Edinburgh, mainly satires on the manners of the city, he had no contact with its literary society and it is safe to say that his best work had been written in the earlier part of his life. In all his nature poetry Mac an t-Saoir brought a freshness of observation to his detailed descriptions of the countryside and the birds and animals that populate the high hills of the country of his birth. No single item seems to be too small to excite his curiosity; in 'Orain Coire a cheathaich' ('Song of the misty Corrie'), for example, a complete picture is painted of the sights and sounds of a burn running through a mountain corrie, and the birds and deer that have made it their home. That visual quality is found again in his long poem 'Moladh Beinn Dobhrainn' ('The praise of Ben Doran'). Although the mountain and its scenery form the centre-point of his praise, Mac an t-Saoir reserves particular approbation for the deer, imbuing them almost with human qualities as they go about their daily business. The poem is also memorable for its intricate rhyming structure which resembles the formal patterns of pibroch or ceol mor, the classical music of the Highland bagpipe. In all Mac an t-Saoir's nature poetry, which is the finest exposition of his art, it is possible to experience the poet's own warmth of feeling for nature and the positive delight that he took in its beauties. His richly evocative language and the brio of his descriptions make Mac an t-Saoir one of the most remarkable celebrants of nature in either Scots or Gaelic.
Praise poems of a different kind were written for the Campbells, and although these are formal, technically correct offerings, Mac an t-Saoir achieves a sense of genuine feeling in the lament for Colin Campbell of Glenure, who was killed in the Appin murder of 1752. Other examples of his poetic style in the 1768 collection include love poems, satires and drinking-songs.

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Friday, 21 November 2008

Perthshire Christmas Gifts 2008



A selection of Perthshire Christmas Gifts for 2008.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Top Swap Clothes Party Perthshire Scotland

Top Swap Clothes Party, 22nd November 2008, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. Recycling and shopping rolled into one, the event will offer a great opportunity to have fun and get a new outfit whilst feeling good about saving money. Clothes swap parties are a growing trend, where groups of fashion-loving women get together and make an event out of swapping their clothes. For anybody interested in attending the swap, here’s how it works: 1. Book your place by calling 01738 459090 2. Donate at least 3 quality items of clothing in advance of the event (Shoes & accessories also welcome!) 3. In exchange you will receive vouchers for the swap, so the more you donate the more you can swap! 4. Enjoy a glass of wine & nibbles on arrival at the Muirton Suite from 7pm 5. Browse the items up for grabs and try potential items on for size 6. The swap officially opens and you can swap till you drop! Cash bar facilities and a raffle prize draw will also be available, with music to help create a party atmosphere! Admission Tickets £7. Contact, Hannah Mitchell, Telephone 01738 459099.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Continental Street Market Perthshire Scotland

Continental Street Market, 20th to 23rd November 2008, King Edward Street, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. Thursday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm, and Sunday 10am to 4.30pm.
Visitors to the market can sample the finest of Continental fare including continental cheeses and meats, olives, Dutch Pancakes and German Beer and Cider. Fancy some fast food continental style? There's couscous, tartiflette, paella and delicious crepes. As well as all the delicious food there's non-food stalls including wooden flowers, clothing, Polish jewellery and plants. Admission Free. Contact, Gillian Coyne, Perth City Partnership, Telephone 01738 475727.

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Sunday, 16 November 2008

Michael Bruce Kinnesswood Perthshire Scotland

Michael Bruce, (1746-67). Poet. He was born on 27th March 1746 in Kinnesswood, Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland. The son of a weaver, Alexander Bruce; from his father he gained an early knowledge of the songs and stories of the folk tradition, as well as a grounding in the teaching of the Secessionist Church. After an education at the village school, he matriculated at the University of Edinburgh in 1762 and later became a teacher in the village of Gairney Bridge, where the Secessionist Church had been founded in 1721 by Ebenezer Erskine. In 1766 Bruce studied for the ministry and attended the Burger Synod Theological Hall in Kinross. He taught again at the end of
that year at Forest Mill near Tillicoultry, but illness forced him to return home early in the following year. He died of consumption on 5th ]uly l767. Although most of Bruce's poetry is juvenile his 'Elegy to Spring', a melancholy lament for his own early death, is worthy of attention. He also improved a number of paraphrases, including the stirring Paraphrase 18 of Isiah 2. 2-6. After Bruce's death his college friend John Logan collected his poems for publication in 1770. In later years he claimed that Bruce's best-known poem, 'Ode to the Cuckoo', was his own, and for a time controversy surrounded the authorship of the poem, which was popular for the clarity of its language and the bittersweet sadness of its imagery.
Works: Poems on Several Occasions (1770); The Buchanshire Tragedy (1776); Sir James the Ross (1805); Lochleven (1822); An Elegy to Spring (1833).

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Moneydie Perthshire Ploughing Competition Scotland


Ploughing Competition at Moneydie, Luncarty, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Dugald Buchanan Perthshire Scotland

Dugald Buchanan, (1716—68). Poet. He was a native of Ardoch in Strathyre, Perthshire. His education at the parish school was rudimentary and at the age of 14 he left Strathyre to live in Stirling and then in Edinburgh, where he remained until he was 18. He was then apprenticed to a carpenter and after marrying he returned to his native parish, but his new occupation offered little inner satisfaction. During this period the religious manifestations that had haunted him as a child became an obsession, and his diary, kept between 1741 and 1750, contains frightening descriptions of his spiritual struggles between good and evil. He became a travelling teacher and his work as an evangelist led to his being licensed as a preacher in 1753. He assisted with the publication of the first edition of the Gaelic New Testament and his own poems were published in 1767, a year before his death from fever in Kinloch Rannoch. All Buchanan's poems and songs reflect his fascination for subjects religious and moral, and his long poem La a Bhreitheanais ('The Day of Judgement') is preoccupied with the origin of evil and with the terrors that face the damned. There is little of the milk of human kindness or the balm of God's mercy in the poem, which is, nevertheless, made vivid and alive by Bochanan's lovingly described vision of the torments of the souls in hell. His songs, though didactic, offer a more contented view of the human condition and advocate a personal morality which eschews avarice and ambition and turns instead to the precepts of the scriptures.

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Friday, 14 November 2008

Christmas Lights Switch On Perth Perthshire Scotland

Christmas Lights Switch On, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. Sunday 16th November 2008, City Centre, Perth. From 1.30pm, Switch on at approximately 4.45pm. This year's Christmas Lights Switch On is set to be bigger and better than ever. Thanks to Perth's Common Good Fund the City Centre will be lit up with a new display of spectacularly festive lights. The celebrations kick off from the main stage outside the Concert Hall at 1.30pm with Tay FM and AM's morning presenters, Stuart Webster and Graeme Waggot entertaining the crowds. There will be more entertainment and local talent on the main stage and around the City Centre including The Craigie Community Choir who were on this year's hit TV show the Last Choir Standing. Watch out for the Crazy Shoppers, The Nervous Forest, a Roller Skating Snowman, Christmas Pudding and a whole host of family street entertainment. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of HSBC the surprises don't stop there. Santa Claus really is coming to town on his sleigh lead by his magnificent reindeer. Be sure not to miss the procession which begins at 4.45pm. Contact - Judy Harris. Telephone - 01738 475000.

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Antiques Fair November Perthshire Scotland

Galloway Antiques Fair, 14th to 16th November 2008. Scone Palace, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. 10.30am-5pm each day. Nationally known antiques and fine art dealers displaying items for sale to include furniture, porcelain, glass, silver, jewellery, mirrors, sculpture, oriental rugs and carpets and much more from early Georgian through to the 1930's. Admission; Adults £4, Children under 16 Free. Contact, Susan Galloway, Telephone; 01423 522122.

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