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During her vacations in the Birnam area of Perthshire Beatrix Potter is know to have spent considerable time in and around the beautiful village of Dalguise. It was here that, as a teenager, she pursued her scientific research of fungi, as well as trees and ferns. This landscape must have been an idyll for Beatrix.

There is a cottage in Dalguise where there was a washerwoman who provided the role model for Mrs Tiggy Winkle.

Although having been being tutored by a governess, and was therefore without an academic background, she nevertheless undertook some quality scientific research into fungi which at that time were still deemed to be within the plant ‘family’. She worked closely with local naturalist-and postman-Charles McIntosh-who was a shy man but, like Beatrix, had a strong passion for local flora and fauna. McIntosh walked some 15 miles per day in the course of his postal duties.

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Beatrix Potter, who created Peter the Rabbit and many other characters, was inspired to create, research and write during her family vacations in Perthshire. She spent 11 entire summers in the Birnam area where she became fascinated by fungi and created not only Peter the Rabbit but also Jeremy Fisher. Her wealthy background combined with royalities from her writings provided Beatrix with the financial independence to venture into science and farming at a time when women were normally excluded for these type of activities.

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