THE SCOT­TISH PLAY

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‘Mac­beth shall never van­quished be, un­til Great Bir­nam wood to high Dun­si­nane hill, Shall come against him.’ So say the Weird Sis­ters in Shake­speare’s Scot­tish play. Spoiler alert: his en­e­mies carry branches from the wood to dis­guise their ap­proach and Mac­beth is killed. But the for­est still thrives, in­clud­ing the Bir­nam Oak*, which sur­vives from the Bard’s time. This area, known as Perthshire’s Big Tree Coun­try, also in­spired JMW Turner, Wil­liam Wordsworth, Beatrix Pot­ter and Niel Gow, an 18th-cen­tury fid­dler who com­posed many of Scot­land’s reels un­der a tree that now bears his name.

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