1715 - James III ‘The Old Pretender’ arrives from France at Peterhead and joins Jacobite forces at Perth.
1725 - Following the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, General Wade is granted permission by George II to form six ‘watch’ companies to patrol the Highlands to defend against further revolts. These companies eventually form part of a regiment which becomes known as the Black Watch. Learn more about its history at Balhousie Castle.
1745 - During the following Jacobite Rising, Charles Edward Stuart, who later becomes known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, drills his troops at the North Inch and stays at what is now the Salutation Hotel on South Street. You can visit Castle Menzies where the Prince stayed for a few days on his way to Culloden with his Highland army.
1771 - Smeaton’s Bridge, a new nine-arched stone bridge is build across the Tay, finally replacing the one which was swept away in the floods of 1621.
1786 - Stanley Mills opens on the banks of the River Tay about 6 miles north of Perth. This water-powered cotton mill becomes the hub of the region’s thriving textile industry for the next 200 years.
1787 - Robert Burns pens The Birks o’ Aberfeldie, one of his best loved works, after being inspired by a visit to the Den of Moness.
1812 - During the Napoleonic War, a prison is built in Perth to accommodate French prisoners of war. It later becomes the General Prison for Scotland.
1820 - Perth’s Theatre Royal is built.
1842 - Queen Victoria visits Perth in September.
1847 - The Bank of Scotland opens a branch in Perth.
1848 - Perth’s first railway station opens.
1875 - John Buchan, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps and later Governor General of Canada, is born in Perth.
1883 - St Johnstone Football Club is founded.