Get your local history right, incomers
Dear Editor, Before I start, I shall don my Victor Meldrew bunnet.
I am appalled at the number of incomers, mainly Glaswegians and English, who corrupt our history.
A few examples? An Englishwoman, who ran a taxi business, called her driver to pick up Winkle Burns from the Chains to Muthill.
“I wonder how it got that name”, said the driver? “Oh”, said the owner, “That’s where they chained the Highlanders before they were hung at Gallowhill.”
Truth is, the whole area was encircled by a heavy chain link fence.
Another howler from the late Councillor Harry Beattie – he was taking a group of visitors to show them Crieff Well, at the Earn Bridge, describing the lade, when an astute member of the group asked him how the water got over the bridge. “Oh,” said Beattie, “by an aquaduct”.
The fact is a few hundred yards upstream was Cook’s Dam. This was constructed using large boulders that directed the flow to a separate lade, which ran parallel to the River Earn under the bridge, and down to the Mill. I could cite many more examples, but I think you’ll get my drift.
Billy, Tay Place, Comrie.