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Figures from Scottish and world history and the part they played in local Strathearn history. Plus famous people who had connections with the area.

Pontius Pilate (d. after 36) Tradition has it that Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judaea 26-36AD, was born in Strathearn. His father is said to have been a Roman officer posted here who married a local Celtic woman and Pilate was born locally before the family moved back to the continent. Pontius Pilate was later tried in Rome for oppression and cruelty and may have been ordered to commit suicide by the emperor.

Ossian (~300AD) A large stone in the Sma' Glen is said to mark the grave of this the legendary Celtic bard. His tales of heroic times in the Celtic past are an undecipherable mix of myth, legend and genuine history. When a new military road was being driven through the Sma' Glen around 1730, the grave was disturbed so local people removed and reinterred what they believed were Ossian's remains.

Kenneth I (d. 858) In 843 the Scots King Kenneth Mac Alpin obtained the Pictish throne thus enlarging Scotland. In 858 he died in battle in Strathearn and a cairn on a mountain above Crieff marks the event.

Macbeth (1005-57) Macbeth's hill top fortress Dunsinane lay just east of Strathearn.

William Wallace (1270-1305) William Wallace, Braveheart, defeated a small English force at Blackford.

Robert I, Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) Bruce was defeated at Methven in East Strathearn in 1306.

Mary, Queen of Scots, (1542-87) often hunted with Darnley in the Royal forests in Glen Artney, south of Comrie.

James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, (1612-50) spent the night camped out on Calum's Hill in Crieff.

Robert 'Roy' Macgregor (1671-1734) visited the town of Crieff on many occasions, often to sell cattle.

Charles Edward Stuart, 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' (1720-1788) held his last war council in the Drummond Arms Hotel, Crieff.

Sir David Baird (1757-1829) is commemorated by a hilltop monument between Crieff and Comrie.

Robert Burns (1759-1796) visited Crieff in 1787 and wrote two poems with a local flavour.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) Napoleon's grandfather may have come from Balloch, near Crieff!

David 'Monterey' Jacks (1822 - 1909), Californian rancher who marketed Monterey Jack Cheese, was born in Crieff.

Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane (1862 - 1937) was a Scottish social-welfare worker and author.

Sophie Stewart (1908 - 1977) was a Crieff born actress appearing in films of the 1930s, 40s & 50s.

Ewan MacColl (1915 - 1989) the singer, songwriter and playwright born James Miller often claimed to be from Auchterarder, his mother however was.

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