Perthshire has long been a county of large agricultural and sporting estates, most of them graced with fine mansion houses. However, the last 150 years has seen the loss of more than 50 of these large mansions - demolished, burnt down or simply abandoned. In this talk, David Robertson will take a fresh look at the history of some of these lost country houses and the families who lived in them. His talk will be well illustrated with a fine selection of old picture postcards, photographs and paintings.
After retiring from a career in management consultancy, David Robertson turned his hand to writing about the heritage of Perthshire - a County with which he has strong family connections. Working closely with his brother Ian, he has now had seven books published since 2010, including two on the Lost Gardens of Perthshire, another on the Historic Trees of Perthshire, and most recently two more on the subject of today’s talk, the Lost Country Houses of Perthshire.
Operating from the cottage they own in Strathtay, they have travelled extensively around the County to carry out research for their books. All their books have been published by the Friends of the Perth & Kinross Archive, which is located in the A K Bell Library in Perth. David says that their aim has been to keep alive for both residents and visitors some aspects of Perthshire heritage which might otherwise be largely forgotten. In writing about lost country houses, they have sought to provide a concise but complete record of this important feature of Perthshire history, and to capture the scale of the loss through some of the few remaining illustrations of these houses.