Since moving to Comrie two years ago I have been aware of the five hundred years old library and even older chapel on our doorstep at Innerpeffray —
and for my sin’s I have never visited – until today —
only to find the library closed for the winter —
No worries — on a rare beautiful winter’s day such as this – who wants to leaf through some dusty old books – interesting tho’ they may be —
The magnificent view from the car park to the snow filled Glen Turret is one we don’t get from Comrie and of course Helen and I had the library grounds to ourselves – what more could we ask for —
Various historical issues were highlighted on plaques in the grounds and it must be one of the few Catholic places of worship to survive the aftermath of the Stuart Jacobite dynasty —
This has forever been a troubled spot – the Romans built a major fort on the land to the south of the River Earn and used a ford to cross the river at this point —
Where – with mountains to the north they built a defensive boundary plus a road east to Perth (Bertha) – to help protect the rich farmland which they had purloined in the River Earn valley —
Such a beautiful find – Helen and I have already done as the Romans did and bagged our picnic spots —
As Arnie declared – ‘we will be back’ — 😏
M-mmm – correcshun! Seems it was the monks from the chapel – not the Romans – who were first to drain the surrounding bogs in the 1300’s.
The Earn valley drainage was improved again in the 1600’s in what must have been a massive civil engineering project for it’s time. No doubt helped by the impoverished masses in need of work caused by Highland Clearances and Potato Famine around this time.
Extra Extra — just goes to show when you’re dealing with Holy Ground and Big ‘G’ has a hand in it – nature’s rules can go ‘oot the windae’ —
Yup! That’s a Spring flowering perriwinkle in bloom on the 7th of Jan along the graveyard wall with daytime temps around freezing —