Perth & Kinross

LOGIERAIT is the birthplace of the above-mentioned Professor Adam Ferguson, native Gaelic speaker, former Depute Chaplain of the Black Watch (veteran of Fontenoy), philosopher, historian, founding father of sociology, secretary to the Peace Commission of 1778, and first biographer of Pattie Ferguson.

BALMANNO and BLACKCASTLE were the estates of the tragic 'baby baronet' Sir Alexander Hepburn-Murray, Bt., Captain in the 17th Regiment, killed in the battle of Long Island, aged only 21. Balmanno fell into a neglected state in the 19C, but was completely rebuilt by the renowned architect Sir Robert Lorimer, and funded by a Mr Millar c. 1916-1921. (Thanks to J. E. Bruce, in whose family the house remains, for this information.)

PERTH itself is the home of the Black Watch Museum, which I recommend. For lunch purposes, Strangeways Café/Bar is good! Rose Terrace is also notable as the former home of Mrs. Eliza Ruddach, a well-to-do English widow who in 1813 met an Irish Captain of the 70th Foot, then based at Atholl St. Barracks. He was a trooper's son and seven years her junior, but within months he became her third husband. They had 4 sons, 3 of whom reached adulthood, and the second of whom became famous as a writer on cavalry and horse-training, only to die tragically in his prime at Balaklava: Louis Nolan.