Born in Perthshire comprises a series of short essays on well-known figures born within the historical county of Perthshire. Each topical and biographical piece includes an original associated illustration. Born in Perthshire includes: William Archer:; Winifred Anna Cavendish Bentinck; Patrick Blair; General Edward Braddock; Alexander Bryce; Alexander Buchan; John Buchan; Peter Robert Drummond; Victoria Alexandrina Drummond; Mary Williamina Findlater:; David Octavius Hill; Marjory Kennedy-Fraser; Lena Login; Lawrence MacDonald; Alexander Mackenzie; James Mackenzie:; John James Rickard Macleod; Archibald Menzies; David Morrison; Eliza Ogilvy; Caroline Oliphant; Pontius Pilate; Robert Gillespie Reid; John Monteath Robertson; Thomas Ross; George Seton; Robert Stirling; John Wood. The book also includes separate chapters entitled ‘A Brief Guide to a Few of the (Historical) Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals of Perth & District’ and ‘Honorary Burgesses & Honorary Freemen of Perth’. Born in Perthshire is the first in a series of Tippermuir Mini Books, which will cover a range of subjects all with the central theme of the city of Perth and its district

Born in Perthshire comprises a series of short essays on well-known figures born within the historical county of Perthshire. Each topical and biographical piece includes an original associated illustration. Born in Perthshire includes: William Archer:; Winifred Anna Cavendish Bentinck; Patrick Blair; General Edward Braddock; Alexander Bryce; Alexander Buchan; John Buchan; Peter Robert Drummond; Victoria Alexandrina Drummond; Mary Williamina Findlater:; David Octavius Hill; Marjory Kennedy-Fraser; Lena Login; Lawrence MacDonald; Alexander Mackenzie; James Mackenzie:; John James Rickard Macleod; Archibald Menzies; David Morrison; Eliza Ogilvy; Caroline Oliphant; Pontius Pilate; Robert Gillespie Reid; John Monteath Robertson; Thomas Ross; George Seton; Robert Stirling; John Wood. The book also includes separate chapters entitled ‘A Brief Guide to a Few of the (Historical) Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals of Perth & District’ and ‘Honorary Burgesses & Honorary Freemen of Perth’. Born in Perthshire is the first in a series of Tippermuir Mini Books, which will cover a range of subjects all with the central theme of the city of Perth and its district.

Perth: Street by Street is an architectural, archaeological, geographical, historical, and visual journey around the city of Perth’s c.630 streets, avenues, closes, roads, and vennels. Drawing on a range of disciplines, Perth: Street by Street will appeal both to those readers interested in the history and life of Perth, and to anyone who has lived, worked, or spent time in Scotland’s Fair City. For the people of Perth and those who hail from St John’s Town, the book will be particularly poignant. Within its pages, readers may find their own homes, place of birth, workplaces, schools, favourite shops, and the public architecture and civic backdrop which form a part of their everyday existence. The book is available online from Amazon and other internet retailers, and from the following bookshops: Waterstones (Perth), WHSmith (Perth), Sweet Words (Dunkeld), as well as from Gloagburn Farm Shop by Tibbermore.

 

Perth Water Supply

These notes are based on lectures given by Rhoda Fothergill - they were made by a local resident of Perth - Alan Darling - and have been passed to this website.

In early times water was obtained from the river, from the lade or from ‘natural wells’.

1751 - The Town Council recommends that a pump be placed at the North Shore with a lead pipe into the river for conveying water to the pump.

1762 - Patrick McGillivrie offers to bring water from the Mill Lade and distribute it in wooden pipes to eleven different parts of the town. He would construct a reservoir at Drumhar for collecting and filtering the water.

1789-92 - The old wooden pipes in High Street and South Street are replaced by lead pipes.

1781-85 - A new source of water is sought. Springs at Magdalen’s land, Huntingtower, Burghmuir and Kinnoull are tested and yields measured.

1807-1837 - Dr. Adam Anderson, rector of Perth Academy and Grammar School (The Seminaries) Rose Terrace.

1832 - Dr. Anderson’s Water Works in operation. He decided the only place to obtain a pure supply of water was a well sunk in the northern part of Moncrieffe Island and the water taken by pipe to the cistern at the top of the Round House (Waterworks, Tay Street). Dr. Anderson was the chemist engineer and architect of this scheme. Supply was 100,000 gallons per day.

1860 - A reservoir was built at Wellshill. It was 20 feet higher than the cistern at the Round House.

1873 - There were 70 street wells supplied with water.

1877 - A new reservoir at Burghmuir and a second at Athollbank were constructed.

1880 - The water supply was taken to the east bank of the river.

1888 - Daily supply was 1,400,000 per day. It was necessary to have an auxiliary supply of water from above Perth Bridge.

1895 - The telephone was installed in the Round House and also electric light.

1896 - A new reservoir was constructed at Burghmuir.

1898 - A new Engine Room was built on the south side of the Round House to accommodate a more powerful pumping plant. A triple expansion steam engine was installed and a new boiler.

1900 - Muirhall reservoir was built.

1905 - Population of Perth 33,904; Scone 1,585; Total 35,489.

1919 - An epidemic of typhoid broke out. A new supply of water must be found. Present supply was suspect. Chlorination treatment was begun in November

1919 - Proposals for new sources were Tay at Woody Island, Loch Freuchie, River Almond, Water of May, Loch Ordie. Many favoured Loch Ordie but Council voting was in favour of Woody Island scheme.

1928 - New reservoir constructed at Viewlands. Woody Island scheme in operation.

1929 - Welshill Reservoir stopped being used.

1954 - Electric pumping plant installed in the Round House.

1965 - New Perth Waterworks (Gowans Terrace) opened by Princess Alexandra.

Note - Shortly before his death in 1846, Dr. Adam Anderson chalked on the wall of the Round House these words:

Aquam igne et aqua haurio