The author of the Spittalfield history book gives a speech and a walk on the village


A conference on Saturday for the Abertay Historical Society will discuss the fascinating past of the planned settlement of Spittalfield in Perthshire.

Jim Black, who now lives near Crieff, has just written a book on the history of the area.



‘The Heart of the Stormont’ is published by the Abertay Historical Society

It is called “The Heart of the Stormont” and is published by the Abertay Historical Society.

Jim will be giving a talk at the WalkIn ‘Cafe in Spittalfield on Saturday June 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Weather permitting, he hopes to take a walk around the village square and answer questions.

Jim grew up in the Spittalfield neighborhood.

Her maternal family has been linked to the region for generations.



Jim found out how the planned Spittalfiled settlement was built by order of the local laird
Jim found out how the planned Spittalfiled settlement was built by order of the local laird

In his youth he did seasonal jobs like picking berries and raising potatoes, and during his hours of work, locals shared stories with him.

“It turns out that a lot was invented,” Jim laughed, but it got him interested in researching the history of Spittalfield when he later went to work at the Scottish Office in Edinburgh and visited the Library. Scotland National After Work.

“I have read a dozen volumes of Delvine’s enormous collection of MacKenzie correspondence, tales of what was going on in the domain of this mighty Perthshire landowner. In total there were 430 volumes, but I just went to the ones on my original lot.

“It was a fascinating insight.

“Real estate correspondence was like reading a soap opera.

“Spittalfield was founded as a planned community built around a leafy village in 1766 with local people freed from Redgole and surrounding farms with new places to live and enter the industry using looms linen in their homes.

“The laird was a well-known lawyer in Edinburgh, but he insisted on hearing everything that was going on at his Perthshire property. He had a very practical approach. “



Jim's Walk event on June 26 will take visitors around key Spittalfield sites
Jim’s Walk event on June 26 will take visitors around key Spittalfield sites

Jim retired and in his new time tried to correct some of the myths surrounding the history of Spittalfield.

His book is aimed at those interested in the appearance of Spittalfield as a relatively recent settlement.

“I know a lot of people who have moved to the village from other areas,” Jim explained.

“My book is an opportunity to discover the place. I cover many aspects of community life including the building and siting of Spittalfield and Caputh, life on the land, commerce, transportation, health, education and recreation.

To attend the conference on Saturday, contact 07824398378 or [email protected] and reserve a seat. It costs £ 5 which includes tea and cake. The book will be available for purchase for anyone wishing to purchase it.


Grover Z. Barnes

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