Guided walk through Glamis

Kirriemuir Heritage Trust will be holding a Glamis village guided walk on Wednesday, April 3 (today), starting at 2 p.m.

It is free to members, but open to anyone for a donation to the Trust. Those interested are invited to join the Trust chairman who will lead a short guided walking tour of the village, ending in a visit to the newly restored Lera Mill building. You will see the Corner Shop, Post Office and general store used to be the baker’s shop and where the owner, Maggie Bridie, made her famous ‘Forfar Bridies’, and her tombstone in the kirk graveyard. Quoits (a game throwing horse shoes onto a peg) used to be played on the grass.

You will see where the brewer plied his trade and where he is buried. The old retting pond and bleaching green is where the flax was retted (softened). It has also been used as a community laundry area and the travelling circus was held here when it came to Glamis. A ‘plash mill’ was erected on the burn for cleaning the yarn. The linen trade flourished in the village and a mill for spinning flax was erected on the Glamis Burn in 1806. It was driven by a waterwheel.

The kirk was officially dedicated to St Fergus in 1242. St Fergus conducted much of his ministry at Glamis and early Christians were baptised at the well.

The present Kirk building dates from 1792 except for the Strathmore Aisle which is 300 years older. Beneath this southern transept is the vault of the Strathmore family, the last to be interred here being Queen Elizabeth II’s great grandfather, Thomas, the 12th Earl. The kirkyard is peculiarly rich in epitaphs in doggerel rhyme and symbols.

You will also learn some stories behind the village street names - Strappers Close, Butchers Close, Blackadder Square and The Bink. Booking is not required but to assess numbers (and in case of adverse weather necessitating cancelling the walk) please advise David Orr by e-mail at mail.kirriemuirheritage.org.uk@gmail.com

Meet at Glamis village mercat cross in The Square at 2.00 p.m.