Get your lo­cal his­tory right, in­com­ers

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEW -

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.

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