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Crannogs – the amazing artificial islands that abound in Perthshire’s many Lochs

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The Reconstructed Crannog On Loch Tay Near Kenmore


Over the last year in these “blogs “ we havelooked at many of the older historical aspects of Perthshire and indeed Strathearn in particular . The Strathwas a haven for the wandering tribes of the Neolithic period that were spreading out over WesternEurope . Spreading out and into a Scotland that was not to emerge as a nation for nearly four and half thousand years .
The ubiquitous standing stones that still stare down upon us from the farm fields all a round are a remnant of the ancient past . Recent archaeological investigations have thrownlight upon the hitherto unknown Neolithic Cursus that bisects the ground that is the new Strathearn Campus . Diggings at Forteviot , some ten mileseast of Crieff , haveturned up numerous finds of this period .A Bronze age gravewas unearthedcomplete with a gold – banded dagger still wrappedin its
4 000 year oldsheath . The significanceof this becamequite clear when the gravewas identified . It hadbe…

The Stayt of Crieff - Site of the Court of the Earls of Strathearn

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The Stayt of Crieff
Site of the Court of the Earls of Strathearn



The Old Coat of Arms of Crieff
 
Site of the historic Stayt of Crieff 2013 - a ploughed field !
Injust over a yearof “ blogging ” our local history here in Strathearn , we have covered a multitude of topics regardingpeople , places and “ things ” !What isclear that this , one of the mostbeautiful parts ofPerthshire – nay Scotland – has an incredible and special heritagethat mustbe protected and projected to a wideraudiencethan just those who dwellby the banks of the Earn !
Sadly much of the recorded history of the area has nowbeen lost by the removal of the detailedinformationfrom official maps . Regrettably present day searchers scouring the well detailed Ordnance Survey maps in both the Landranger ( 1: 50 000 ) or the Pathfinder ( 1: 25 000 ) will do so in vain if they are looking for the historic Stayt of Crieff or indeed Fowlis Castle – ancient home of the Celtic Earls of Strathearn .
It issomething of a concern when …