Strathard Heritage Digital Archive





Strathard in 1924.

    As we move well into 2024, James Kennedy has taken a look back at what was happening in Strathard 100 years ago.

    The main source of information is from local newspapers, especially the Stirling Observer and the Callander Advertiser. These newspapers can be seen in the Stirling Council Archives. The British Newspaper Archive is also a very good website for looking up newspaper coverage and you can choose from several levels of subscriptions.

    The issue of being able to vote as a woman came to the fore in April when three  Aberfoyle sisters appealed against a decision  of the County Registration Officer that they were not entitled to vote. At that time only women over the age of 30 with property were permitted to vote. The assessor successfully argued that the deed to the property which was the Temperance Hotel was held by their brother. Women had to wait until 1928 before this rule was abolished.

    Temperance Hotel Aberfoyle

    May 1924 saw a serious assault on Angus McIntyre who was a quarryman living in Burnside Cottage at the Slate Quarry. He was assaulted by two itinerant workers as he was heading home from Aberfoyle following his refusal to give a cigarette to one of the men.  Both men offered the excuse that they were drunk and for their trouble spent 14 days in Perth prison.

    On 21st July the Aberfoyle Highland Games were held and it’s interesting that the way in  winners and other contestants were judged in the running race was by the distance from each other rather than what is nowadays the time. Musical entertainment was provided by the Fallin Prize Band

    For the Joynson family and their guests, a major activity was hunting, fishing and shooting. In the spirit of equality Mrs. Ralph Joynson shot two stags in the morning and caught a 9 lb. salmon in the afternoon-this was reported as far afield as the Western Daily Press in Bristol in late September.

    Joynson Shooting Party.

    Speed limits were nothing new in 1924 and in October Harvey McEwing who was a Glasgow factor was charged with having exceeded the ten-mile limit outside the village of Aberfoyle. He was driving at 15 miles per hour and was fined £1 or the option of seven days in prison. On the more traditional mode of transport 2 wagonettes from the Bailie Nicole Jarvie Hotel  were travelling empty when the horses bolted and fell down an embankment. Luckily the horses and driver escaped injury.

    Later in the year the Kinross and Western Perthshire constituency re-elected Katharine the Duchess of Atholl as the Member of Parliament. She was when she was elected initially in 1923 the first Scottish women MP. She would remain the local MP until 1938 and was a regular visitor to Aberfoyle. She fell out with the Conservative Party in the 1930s as she was critical of the Government’s attempt to come to some agreement with Hitler. This led to a by-election in 1938 when she lost her seat but of course her concerns proved to be accurate…

    The Duchess of Atholl at Aberfoyle.