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This evening I am presenting some images of Kinloch Kirk, Perthshire. Here there is a major memorial to John Gow who died Jan 15th 1876 age 29 at Butterstone. The name Gow is quite common in this area, in particular the famous Neil Gow, an 18th century Scots fiddle composer.To this day there is a John R Gow Ltd in Dundee.

Here is the memorial.
Here is the Kirk. It has sound roof but otherwise is somewhat neglected.

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This morning I am presenting some images of one of Scotland’s most iconic sites.

Govan (near Glasgow) has a remarkable heritage of thirty one early Christian carved stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries. They range from a sarcophagus and recumbant cross-slabs to free-standing crosses and cross-slabs together with a group of five hogback monuments. The stones indicate influences from Pictland to the north and Cumbria to the south. The present church dates from the 19th century but it sits on the site of an early Christian church dedicated to St. Constantine which may have been founded by the late 9th century.

The Govan Old Parish Church is effectively a museum housing the famous stones and is well worth a visit.

Hog back with ‘roof tiles’. Beasts at each end face each other over the ridge of the hogback.

Interior of Govan Old Parish Church

Two of the carved stones

One side of the ‘sun stone’ showing a rider on a strange beast.

Sarcophagus which it assumed was created to hold the body of the founder of the early church, possibly St. Constantine.

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This evening I am presenting some images of Cawdor Castle, which is located near Inverness. The castle has a tenuous connection with Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Thane of Cawdor).

This is a classic medieval castle with tower and drawbridge. It is open to the public where visitors can view the sitting room, dungeon, freshwater well and kitchens. Contents include paintings, tapestries, furniture and books.

The gardens are of great interest also, both formal and riverside.There is also a maze.

Here is the Golf Club ‘Club House’.

Avenue in the gardens
Gardens and maze
View of the castle
View of the formal gardens

Overall, worth a visit if in the area.The gardens and quite fascinating.