Monthly Archives: February 2014


John MacDiarmid ~ Writer

John MacDiarmid: John MacDiarmid (1779-1808) was born the son of the minister of Weem at Perthshire. A writer amongst which his body of work is found: An Inquiry into the System of Military Defence of Great Britain (1803) Inquiry into the Nature of Civil and Military Subordination (1804) Lives of British […]


Hugh Haliburton ~ Poet

  Hugh Haliburton (the Pseudonym of the minor poet James Logie Robertson): Born in Milnathort by Kinross in 1846 and educated at Orwell ParishSchool. Hugh Haliburton began as a student-teacher at Haddington before studying at Edinburgh University and teaching at Heriot’s Hospital. He became the first English master at Edinburgh Ladies’ College […]


Jane Findlater and Mary Findlater ~ Writers

Jane Findlater & Mary Findlater: “Jane Findlater was born at Lochearnhead, Perthshire, on 4 November 1866. She and her sister were educated together at home and had a close relationship which would even extend to the co-writing of several books. Their father died in 1886, and the family moved to Prestonpans, […]


J.D. Fergusson ~ Painter

John Duncan Fergusson: Painter born in Perthshire in 1874. Fergusson took up painting after studying Medicine. He is part of the Scottish Colourists Group that includes Samuel John Peploe and Francis Cadell. The Colourists came out of the Glasgow School of Painting with the mantra of the importance of colour […]


James (Gillespie) Graham~Architect

James (Gillespie) Graham: An architect born in Dunblane in the County of Perthshire in 1776. Of note are his churches – St. Mary’s RC Cathedral in Edinburgh (1813-14); St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow (1814-17); and, the Tolbooth Church in Edinburgh – collaboration with A. W. N. Pugin (1839-44). These building invoke […]


Anna Buchan – O. Douglas ~ Writer

Anna Masterton Buchan – O. Douglas: This author was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife on 24 March 1877. The daughter of a minister and the sister of John Buchan, Anna Buchan was educated at Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow. Most of her life was spent in Peebles and her home appears in […]


Michael Bruce ~ Poet

Michael Bruce of Kinross-shire (Poet of Loch Leven; Poet of Lomond Braes; The Shepherd Poet): Edmund Burke once described Michael Bruce’s Ode to the Cuckoo as “the most beautiful lyric in our language.” Michael Bruce was born in March 1746 at Kinnesswood in the cottage used by his father for weaving. He learnt to read […]