Blackford Historical Society maintains an extensive archive of historical photographs relating to the village, its people and the surrounding area.
The gallery below shows a thumbnail copy of the photograph (click on the thumbnail to open a larger image) and a textual description with any information we know about the subjects. We would welcome any comments or additional information relating to each photograph to help us complete our records.
Please contact the Society Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org with any information or if you would like to enquire about the cost for high resolution copies of some of the photographs.Please quote both the number and the title so we know which photo you are referring to.
100 - Buttergask Cottage Interior
Photo taken in late 1800’s (possibly 1870’s). Lady is Elizabeth Stirling, born in Tomano (near Braco) c1810, died 1897. The man is her second husband John Robertson. They are probably leaning on their sticks to keep still for the length of time it took to expose the plate. The last family to live in this house were called Mitchell. There is meat hanging from the ceiling. The door leads to the byre.
101 - Lexa’s Retirement
Lexa McCallum on her retirement 29 March 1997. The shop was formerly Scobies butchers and then J&A McCallum. It became Roll on In, then Pinks and is now a private house.
102 - Lexa’s Retirement Group
Lexa McCallum on her retirement 29 March 1997. The shop was formerly Scobies butchers and then J&A McCallum. It became Roll On In and became Pinks in April 2010. Group is employees of J&A McCallum Alan Hutton, Jimmy Anderson, John McCallum, Lexa McCallum, Elaine Troup.
103. Cattle at Mill of Ogilvie Farm
Possibly at the back of the distillery. The white horse belonged to Lexa McCallum’s daughter.
182 - Blackford Double Wedding 1933
Wedding at York House Hotel, Perth. Two brothers married two sisters.
Back Row Miss Witherspoon, Stirling; Jim Taylor, Abercairney (Robert’s brother); possibly John or Bob Duncan (Peter’s brother); Maggie McLaren, Blackford
Front Row Robert Taylor (Groom 1), Longfauld Farm; Lillias Stirling Duncan (Bride 1), Boreland Farm; Jenny (Janet) Taylor (Bride 2), Abercairney; Peter Duncan (Groom 2), Burnside Farm.
Before marriage, Lillias housekept for her brother Peter at Burnside, and Janet / Jenny housekept for her brother Robert / Bob at Longfauld, hence the joke that both men swapped housekeepers when they got married.
183 - Walker Family
Photograph probably taken in the 1920s.
Seated in front are William and his wife, Mary. Standing between them is Polly (Mary) the youngest of their six daughters. In the back row are Jean, the eldest who lived in Blackford her whole life, Jessie, the fourth daughter. She immigrated to America and came back in a few years to get Polly who also ended up in America for the reminder of her life. Next is Meg, the fifth daughter, who lived in Glasgow. Then there is Grace, the third oldest and Nan, the second oldest. They both immigrated to Australia.
William was the foreman of the boot factory.
Of the sisters who left Scotland, only Jessie and Nan ever made the trip back to their home town. When she returned 50 years after she left, Jessie remarked that the village looked the same except for the TV antennas. In recent years the children of the sisters have connected. Jessie and Nan's children have all visited the village, as has one of Grace's sons. There is a new headstone in the Blackford cemetery that was erected by the family living in Australia, USA and England in memory of the Walkers, William and Mary.
184 - Moray Street, Blackford
185 - Policemen and Lollipop Lady with children
Mrs Crerar (Marilyn Bain’s mother) – retirement presentation around 1983. Anna Law is third from right in the front row. Jane Gaunt is fourth from left in second row.
186 - Sunday School to South Inch Perth June 1983
Back Row Left to Right: Rev James Rennie, Mrs Rennie, Bill Taylor, Lorraine Taylor (Bill’s daughter).
Front Row Left to Right: Barbara Taylor, Bette Miller, Sheila Panton
Photo says on back that this is Sunday School teachers in 1980.
187 - Mrs D Scobie with Friends
Mrs Scobie is on the left. She is Jim Scobie’s mother.
188 - Lady Outside House
Mrs Taylor (Roy Taylor’s mother)
189 - Barbara Taylor with Kinell Sisters
Barbara Taylor with Betty and Christine Kinell, sisters from France who were evacuated to Blackford and Christine’s husband.