COMRIE in Perthshire, Scotland.

The White Church

To view map of Comrie area as it is to-day click here.
To view a map of Comrie as it was in 1846 click here , or to see a print of Comrie as it was in 1859 click here .

The following A5 booklets in the series "About Comrie" were written a few years ago by C. Gordon Booth, FSA Scot. of Comrie [my late father-in-law], but I am afraid that they are now out of print although copies can be seen in Perth Library archives, and copies may still be available in Comrie Public Library.

About Comrie No.1 - Glen Artney , published June 1997, 44 pages.

This booklet tells the story of the glen to the south west of Comrie, with chapters on Auchnashelloch, sheep fanks, and mills, with a useful list of further reading (but all out of print, hence the value of these booklets).

About Comrie No.2 - An Intimate History: School Log Books 1865-1908 , published 1997, 42 pages.

The main part of this booklet details the fascinating entries in the school log books for Comrie Industrial School 1865-1873, Comrie West Public School 1873-1880, Comrie Public School 1873-1880, and Comrie West Public School Evening Continuation Classes 1887-1901. There are also short chapters on Health and Population.

About Comrie No.3 - Village Life , published 1998, 40 pages.

This booklet is a must for anyone with the name of Comrie from these parts. This booklet paints a historical picture of village life in terms of Comrie ancestors, i.e. from the time of Grandfather Comrie (1891-1910) through each generation to the time of Great Great Great Great Grandfather Comrie (1761-1790). There are also chapters on Samuel Gilfillan, Manses, Earthquakes, and the Fundlater Sisters.

About Comrie No.4 - A Different Approach , published June 1998.

This booklet takes the reader on walks about the village with eyes open to take note of all sorts of different things, e.g. drinking water wells, ancient earth mounds, salmon spawning, Comrie Highland Games, the Flambeaux Procession, cheese presses, the White Church graveyard, the old railway, post boxes, stone circles and standing stones, litter, and corn-drying kilns.

About Comrie No.5 - Trade & Commerce , published September 2000, 44 pages.

This booklet has chapters giving snippets of information about, (i) the household goods, hardware, and clothing shop of Brough & Macpherson in Comrie during the period 1902 - 1960, (ii) the plumbing business of Joseph Dick in Comrie during the first half of the 20th century, (iii) the subscribers (shareholders) who established the Comrie Gaslight Company in 1851, and (iv) goats and the drinking of goats' milk in the locality of Comrie.

About Comrie No.6 - Brothers of the Broom: History of Comrie Curling Club , published February 1999.

This details the local history of the sport of curling with stones on natural ice, then at indoor rinks from the 1930s. Details are given from the Minute Books of local clubs starting with the Monievaird & Strowan Curling Club in 1850 and the Lawers & Comrie Curling Club in 1853 which amalgamated in 1962, with the name being changed to the Comrie Curling Club in 1976.

About Comrie No.7 - White Church , published July 1999.

This is the story of the old Comrie Parish Church, the White Church, which was built in 1805, evidently on the site of an older church with the earliest legible gravestone being dated 1682. This fine building is the central landmark of Comrie village on the banks of the river Earn as shown in the line drawing at the top of this page. Go to the link below to see details of the refurbishment project to transform this old church into a Community Centre.

Links to other sites of interest

Bullet Point Comrie Community Website.
Bullet Point Strathearn - Comrie Town.
Bullet Point Carmichael Descendants of Comrie, by Terry Howard.
Bullet Point McWhannel's of Comrie.


"Comrie Smiddy - its birth, work and death" by James Hardie M.A. is a 47 page booklet published in 1999 by Cleek Publications, 27 East Trinity Road, Edinburgh EH5 3DL. It is available from the publishers or locally in Comrie at the Post Office shop price 4.60. This is an interesting historical and anecdotal account by a descendant of the Crearer family who ran the local blacksmiths shop in the heart of Comrie next to the White Church in the period 1845 - 1953.

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