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Monday, April 13, 2009

Tour Scotland Kirkton Of Glenisla

Tour Scotland Kirkton Of Glenisla. Although there is a history of the Church in Glenisla from 1275 the building of the present church dates from 1821. An amusing account of the church attendance in Glenisla in 1831 was written by Mr. G. Ure showing that not only the close proximity of the church and hotel but that both enjoyed the same patronage. " When in Glenisla in 1831 many of the last century customs still continued and a fine hospitable race they were. They travelled a long distance to the Kirk. They came before the bell rang and went to the public bar at the Kirkton Hotel, the men to have a dram of whisky and the women to have a taste of some cordial or small beer. When the bell ceased they all hurried to the Kirk."

The incumbency of the Rev. Andrews (1806 – 1823) did much to strengthen the links between the church and the hotel. At the end of the Napoleonic wars the duty of spirits was greatly increases. When a party of excise men entered the glen they usually stopped at the hotel to rest and refresh their horses. The manse windows looked conveniently onto the hotel and all approaches to it. After the excise men were seen to be safely inside the Kirkton, Mr. Burns led his pony out and when out of sight galloped around the Glen and at every house and bothy waved his hat over his head shouting “The Philistines be upon thee Samson” - the smugglers responded to the call and dashed to the hills carring their illicit still, sometimes still steaming from recent use. It is said that when the stills were closed at the end of the 19th century, Glenisla lost almost half of its inhabitants.

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