I started the “PerthshireCrieffStrathearn Local History “ blog some four and a half years ago with the attention of passing on as much of my accumulated knowledge of our local history as possible . This had been gleaned from the many hours of research behind my four books on Strathearn as well as the preparation required for the Local History classes run in the Crieff Learning Centre for both Strathlearning and Perth College .
Like Topsy this blog just grew and I trust has provided a source of interest to the many people who have discovered us lurking away in the depths of the internet !
This month , August 2016 we passed the 100 000 “ hits “ mark , something I , myself nearly missed as a result of moving house from Crieff to Comrie and changing my internet supplier I have been off line for over a month . Now that I am back up and running I trust I can once again turn my thoughts to the fascinating past that surrounds us here in the heart of Perthshire – the ancient kingdom of Fortren !
Since I started those years ago , I have published 158 blogs on this site covering a wide variety of topics and insight to the complex fabric that wove this small country of Scotland together . The index of published blogs can be found on the published list on the right hand side of the opening page and is headed “Blog Archive “ . Go to the year and click on the black arrow beside it and it will bring up each month with the number of blogs published for that particular period .The index was published on the 6 October 2014 so by clicking on the black arrow beside the year 2014 it will bring up the moths and you will note that in October of that year I published three blogs. Click on October and you will see all three displayed . Scroll down and the index is the third one displayed . It does require to be updated as it only goes up to February 2015 . I will do this hopefully within the next few weeks !
Where do you all come from ??As the blog author , I have access to an incredible amount of statistical information provided by Blogger.com. What is always intriguing is where does everyone come from ? Analysis over the lifespan of this blog has proven more
than a little surprising and I have laid out below the “ top ten “ countries from the stats !The percentage is that of the total number of hits recorded .
1 . United Kingdom 39.5 %
2. USA 17.2 %
3. Germany 16.8 %
4. Russia 7.1 %
5. France 2.5 %
6. Ukraine 2.0 %
7. Canada 1.6%
8. Australia 1.1%
9. China 0.7%
10. Ireland 0.4 %
I wonder how these figures tally in with that of Visit Scotland our national tourist board ! I am aware that Strathearn attracts a considerable number of German tourists through Crieff based Martin and Annette Forsyth and their holiday company Wandern Schottland . I am delighted to see that countries such as Russia , Ukraine and China have citizens interested in the heritage of this part of Europe ! Greetings to you all !
What interests you most ??
Sir David Baird
Since the blog appeared first in early 2012 we have covered a myriad of topics and tales . Again through the power of modern technology we can find out what people found most interesting . Below again I show the “ Top 10 “from the 158 published here .
1. General Sir David Baird ( July 2012 )
2. Crieff Shops and businesses 100 years ago ( Nov 2013 )
3. The Poorhouse and Poverty in Crieff ( March 2014 )
4. The Story of Transport in the Strath ( January 2012 )
5. Lewis Miller –farm boy – religious rebel – entrepreneur ( Sept 2012 )
6. The Burning of the Strathearn Towns ( July 2012 )
7. Witchcraft in Strathearn Part Two ( June 2012 )
8. Colin’s Books on Perthshire ( Feb 2012 )
9. Ewan (MacGregor) and Uncle Denis( Lawson ) ( Nov 2015 )
Thanks for looking in and I trust you will continue to enjoy these blogs!!