Sections


Rob Roy MacGregor Campbell
The '45
Extracts of Statistics from the Annexed Estates for Western Strathearn (1755-56)
The Reports of the Annexed Estates (1755-69)
A Tour of Scotland - Thomas Pennant (1769)
Seismic Activity (1789)
Account of 1791-99 vol-11 - Comrie, County of Perth
Archibald MacNab (1734-1816)
Henry Dundas (1742-1811)
Sir David Baird of Seringapatam (1757-1829)
Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland – Sarah Murray (1799)
Roman Camp, Dalginross – October (1800)
Flash from the Caledonian Mercury – September (1814)
I've a Boat to Catch (1818)
A Picture of Strathearn - John Brown (1823)
St Fillan’s Highland Society (1827)
Letters from the Distant Past (1831 - 1859)
Comrie, St Fillans and Monivard (1837)
Statistical Account: Parish of Comrie (1838)
The Glen Lednock Census (1841)
The Queen’s Visit (1842)
The Road to Comrie (1857)
For the Sake of Nelly Fergus (1860)
From an Unknown Guidebook-circa (1892)
Comrie (1895)
Tales of Derring Do
Soldier, Soldier, won’t you marry me wi’…
The Adventures of Paddy or Highland Peter
Ghoulie Tales
A Serious Business
Mail Order Bride
The Man with the Powerful Voice
Double Entry bookkeeping
Hey, Gie’s ma Haun…or Murder Most Foul
Kate Mackenzie's Terrible Deeds
Watty and Meg Drummond
The Fencibles
Deacon Reid
Amazing Grace
The Day of the Penny Wedding
The MacArthur's were there before the Hills
The Beggar's Badge
A Pane by any other name can be a Pain!
The Powder Keg
The Coo didnae hae ony Teeth!
The Green Lady of Glen Lednock
The Queen of Tynasithe
The Great Wall of Comrie
Whisky, You're the Devil
A Wee Rumble
A Whale of a Time
An Encounter of the Third Kind
Another Debate
Bosom Pals
Getting Stoned in Comrie
Hanging about Comrie
It's Whisky in the Jar
Picking Other Folks' Brains
Porridge for Breakfast
Tarred and Buttered
Temperance
The Convert
The Debate
The Schism
The Levitation
The Twa' Brithers
There’s a Hare in my Soup
Yer bum's oot the Window

18th & 19th Century

Mail Order Bride

Lawers House built around 1823 by Lord Balgray


The land around Coneyhill, where the golf course in Comrie is located, was originally owned by the Drummonds of Drummond Castle. They sold it in 1526 to James Campbell and his wife, Margaret Forrester obtaining a charter for the lands of Fordew (now Fordie), Glentarkane (Glentarken - the glen of the cow) and Balmuck (now Balmuick - the farm of the swine, pig). Their grandson, Colin, obtained a charter for the estate of Aberuchill (confluence with the Ruchill) in 1596. Subsequently a castle was built there in 1602...surely the Campbells weren’t coming...they were here! In the chapter on the MacGregors we describe an attack on the original house, and the end result. Lawers remained in Campbell hands until 1784 when it was sold to General Archibald Robertson, and subsequently passed to his niece Miss Boyd Robertson in 1813. She married her cousin, David Robertson Williamson, who as a judge of the Court of Session used the title Lord Balgray. He was an autocrat and, whilst the claim is made that he was an “improving” landlord, he force evicted many from his estates.

Some stories have come to us about Lawers and the following are some of them. I have tried to put them in chronological order however one or two may be in juxtaposition.