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Welcome to St Fillans on Loch Earn

St. Fillans is a pretty, picturesque, conservation village situated within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We can be found at the east end of Loch Earn on the A85 in the central highlands of Scotland. We are a friendly little village consisting of around 200 residents.

In and around St. Fillans you can enjoy walking, golf, fishing, canoeing, boating, good local food, gardens, history, bird watching, Munro-bagging or just sitting in the sun feeding the resident ducks.     

 

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Snippets from the village archive

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1832: Edinburgh Encyclopaedia

Conducted by David Brewster

“Among these most recent improvements, we wish particularly to notice the village of St.Fillans, near Loch Earn. Built by Lord Gwydir on the Drummond Estate because it proves that nothing is wanted to render the cottages of Scotland as neat and clean as those of England, and the habits of the people as orderly, but a little attention and perseverance by the proprietors. The rose and honeysuckle have here taken the place of the dub and the midden, and the residents have learnt to think that there may be a merit and a happiness in neatness and cleanliness”.

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1836:  Gazetteer of Scotland

Observes

“St.Fillans was formerly a wretched hamlet, denominated Portmore, but it is now one of the sweetest spots in Scotland. The village has been reared and encouraged by the attention of Lord and Lady Willoughby d’Eresby (lately Gwydir), and here the traveller is delighted to find the people altogether loosing their taste for dunghills, and thatch, and peat-reek, and fast adopting a better one for slate, cleanliness and honeysuckle. The houses all have gardens attached to them, and are even in many cases surrounded by sweet shrubs and flowers. There are also a few villas built, for families who may wish to settle in this delicious spot. It is annually, in autumn, rendered a scene of high festival, by a meeting of the St.Fillans Society, which was instituted in 1819, for the purpose of giving prizes to competitors in certain national sports, and as a benefits society for imparting aid to indigent and distressed members, widows and orphans. Their festivals are usually attended by persons of condition, male and female from all parts of the Highlands”.

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Dundee Courier Wednesday July 16th 1913

Motorists exceed the Speed Limit at St Fillans

Several motorists who exceeded the ten-mile speed limit at St Fillans Village on different dates towards the end of June and the beginning of July were somewhat severally dealt with by Sheriff Sym at Perth yesterday.

-  Laidlaw admitted having on 1st July, driven a motor car at a speed of over 16 miles per hour. The accused explained that his speedometer was not working properly, and he did not know what speed he was travelling. A fine of £2 2s with the alternative of seven days imprisonment was imposed.

-  McArthur was charged with having driven at a speed of over 20 miles per hour. The accused failed to put in an appearance, and after hearing evidence the charge was found proven, and a fine of £4 4s with the option of eight days imprisonment was imposed.

-  Brown who also failed to appear in Court was charged with having driven at a speed of 19 miles on the 29th June. He was further charged with having failed to produce his licence when requested by the police. After evidence the accused was found guilty on both charges, and the Sheriff imposed fines of £4 and £1 on the respective charges.

-  McGregor admitted having driven a car at a speed of 17 miles per hour, and was fined £4 10s with the alternative of 7 days imprisonment

-  For travelling at a speed of 17 miles per hour on a motor Cycle - Catto was fined £2 10s or 7 days.   

( perhaps we need to bring back the Village Bobby)

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St. Fillans 2017 project

2017 is the 200th anniversary of the renaming of our village

To commemorate this event, I would like to try and update The Annals of St. Fillans by Alexander Porteous published in 1912. I have asked the Jolly Boys for their assistance, and we intend to mount an exhibition in the village hall during the Festive Weekend (25th to 27th August) to display our findings. The Festive Weekend itself, will be a special three day event to celebrate the anniversary.

I would be extremely grateful for any assistance fellow residents can offer. I am particularly interested in finding out when and for whom each property was built along with any information pertinent to previous owners.

If possible I would also like any photos and old maps documenting the village's progress through the ages, and would love to receive stories from our past.

From the Reports of the Annexed Estates-1755-69, and Porteous, I have already started to piece together some of our early history. Next stop Drummond Estates, and the census records, that should bring me up to 1911, for the more recent accounts I really need your assistance.

For example:

When and why did the Free Church Close?

When did the Episcopal Church move into the Free Church? And when did it close?

Why are there 27 names on the role of honour hanging in the Parish Church, yet only 7 names recorded on the war memorial?

Would anyone like to help with the recording and documentation of the names on the stones in the graveyard?

When did the Steamer start operating on the Loch and when did it stop?

Who paints the frog? I know about the crocodile!

When and how did the parish church lose its onion dome?

I could go on and on, please, please, please HELP!

Jim Brierley,

White Cottage

With Your Help we can save the past for the future

                                                                       jandel@uwclub.net

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Use this app to find the location of Public Access Defibrillators in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Please allow it to use your current location. Our Defibrillator in the village was funded by the St Fillans Community Trust and the British Heart Foundation.