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Scone War Memorial

Scone is a town just to the north-east of Perth in Perth and Kinross. The nearby Scone Palace was the historic crowning site for Scottish monarchs. A replica of the Stone of Scone (Stone of Destiny) lies in the Palace’s grounds.

A Celtic style cross on a tapering plinth, Scone’s War Memorial stands on a small promontory beside the cemetery to the south of the town by the A 94 road. This side has the dedication for the Great War.

Scone War Memorial

The revrse side bears the World War 2 dedication:-

Reverse, Scone War Memorial

Great War Dedication. Reads, “To the memory of the men from the Parish of Scone who to uphold liberty laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” Names A – Mi:-

Great War Dedication Scone War Memorial

Great War names Mo – Ro:-

Scone War Memorial Great War Names

Great War names Ru – Y:-

Scone War Memorial Great War Names

World War 2 dedication. “Also to the memory of the men of this Parish who laid down their lives in the World War 1939 – 1945.”

Plus one name for Iraq 2003:-

Scone War Memorial, World War 2 Dedication

Elcho Castle, Perth and Kinross

Elcho Castle sits almost on the banks of the River Tay a few miles south of Perth, Scotland. It’s quite an adventure getting to it as it involves going through a farmyard, then past a small stream and millpond.

It’s worth it when you get there though.

Elcho Castle

Elcho Castle


Tower, Elcho Castle

Castle from grounds:-

Elcho Castle from Below

Main staircase:-

Elcho  Castle

Main hall:-

Elcho Castle

Hall from above:-

Hall, Elcho Castle

Part of roof, plus chimney and turret. River Tay in background:-

Roof, Chimney, Turret, Elcho Castle


Roofs, Elcho Castle

Part of roof from rooftop walkway:-

Part of Roof, Elcho Castle

Roof structure:-

Elcho Castle Roof Structure

Black Watch Musuem, Perth, Scotland

The Black Watch Regiment’s Musuem is in Perth, Scotland, housed in an old castle, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street.

In the castle/museum grounds are several memorials. The entrance gates are dedicated to the memory of General Wavell.

This is a generalised one of a bagpiper but in Second World War battledress I think:-

Memorial at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

These are memorials to various other campaigns in which the Black Watch has taken part, most prominently here, Iraq:-

Campaign Memorials at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

When I visited in April last year this Great War commemoration took up a prominent position:-

Great War Commemoration at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

The museum itself is very interesting and took us longer to get round than we had anticipated. This cross – an original bettlefield one from the Great War – was in memory of Captain W D MacL Stewart, 2nd Lieut P R Husband and 44 NCOs and men of the 1st Battalion Black Watch, who all died on 20/9/1916.

Memorial Cross, Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

As I recall this group of medals was awarded to Fergus Bowes-Lyon the brother of the late Queen Mother and who is commemorated on Glamis War Memorial:-

Medals Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

On a less sombre note the museum has an excellent cafe/restaurant in a modern building connected to the castle via the museum’s entrance and which is always very well patronised.

McDiarmid Park, Perth

McDiarmid Park is the home of St Johnstone FC, and was the scene of the Challenge Cup* Final, 24/3/18.

My posts on the final are here, here and here.

Ormond Stand from access road:-

Ormond Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

Ormond and Main Stands:-

Ormond and Main Stands, McDiarmid Park

Main Stand (stitch of two photos):-

Main Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

View of North Stand:-

View of North Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

North Stand from Main Stand:-

North Stand from Main Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

East Stand:-

East Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

Ormond Stand from Main Stand:-

Ormond Stand from Main Stand, McDiarmid Park, Perth

*Irn Bru Cup

Sons First Top Flight Win in Fifty Years

Someone posted a link to this on Pie and Bovril.

I didn’t know this footage existed.

Muirton Park, Perth, October 7th, 1972. St Johnstone 0-2 Dumbarton. Sons first win in the top division since 1922.

I was there!

Muirton Park is long since gone and is now the site of an ASDA store.

Long gone too are Sons’ chances of a place in the top flight. Money – or its chasing by the “big” clubs – put paid to that.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (iv): Perth Yet Again

We were in Perth for a meal with our youngest and his fiancĂ©e (the wedding is in July) and parked in a car park I’d never used before; in Speygate. I couldn’t help noticing this building at the corner of Speygate and Canal Street.

Speygate aspect:-

Art Deco Corner Building, Perth

From Canal Street. Good curve, flat roof, with embellishment. Pity the windows have been replaced:-

Perth Art Deco Style Building

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (iii): Perth Once More

We were in Perth at the back end of October and I took the chance to photograph this shop in South Methven Street – mainly for the lettering on the tobacconist’s shop though the upper portion of the building may be deco too, or perhaps a bit later. The windows have been poked out, whatever.

Round the corner in South Street is this next building. Good columning here, lovely curve on the roof line and the upward tweaks at the edge of the roof are nice touches.

Pullar’s of Perth War Memorial

We were in Perth a few weeks ago and discovered the memorial to the employees of the famous former Dye and Cleaning Works, Pullar’s of Perth, who died in the two World Wars. It’s set into the wall of Pullar’s House in Kinnoull Street. We don’t normally walk past it so it was serendipitous.

For close-ups of the memorial and the names on it see the Scottish War Memorials website.

Perth Sky at Dusk

Dusk sky in Perth, 6/11/13. A stitch of three photos to get it all in.

Perth Sky at Dusk

Scotland's Art Deco Heritage 13 (ii.) Perth Again

I was in Perth recently and discovered this building hard by a nondescript retail park near the town centre. It’s called Highland House and has deco leanings. A plaque on its facade states 1921 which would mean this is from the pre-deco era but there are features which are very deco-like especially the nice curved pedimenting to the central portion of the building.

Highland House Perth

Below shows the curved far end of building. More pedimenting here.

Highland House, Perth from left

Detailing here includes triangular features above the door (was this once a flag standard holder?) and a protuberance near the left edge of the building in this view.

Highland House, Perth, Detail

A couple more photos of Highland House are on my flickr set for Perth.

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