Saturday 30 October 2017

We have added an article on the postal history of Blackford. See here.

Saturday 25 March 2017

Thanks to funding from the Blackford Community Fund supported by Foundation Scotland, the historical society now has copies of the detailed Valuation Roll for the Parish of Blackford for 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1920, 1925 and 1930.  These are available for members to consult.  We hope you will find it useful and interesting.

Thursday 9 February 2017
Due to the vandalism which took place at Blackford Parish Church last weekend, our meetings on Monday 27 February and Monday 27 March will take place in Blackford Bowling Club.  Venues for the April meeting and AGM will be confirmed later.  Our thoughts go out to our friends at the Church.  We hope they will be up and running again soon.  Thanks to the Bowling Club for letting us use their premises for the February and March meetings. 

Sunday 11 December 2016 - Kay's Autogiro

A new history feature on Kay's Autogiro has been added.  Kay's Autogiro

Saturday 10 December 2016 - Blackford Community Fund
We have been awarded funding by Blackford Community Fund supported by Foundation Scotland to purchase a projector screen and Valuation Roll information.  We will purchase these items in the next few months.

Saturday 5 November 2016 - Website Updates
The 2016/17 Events programme and a new page on Railway History have been added.

Friday 28 October 2016 - Photographs
Over the last few weeks we have updated the information we hold on the photographs in Galleries 1-4.  It might be time to take another look here.

Sunday 17th June 2012 - Church Trail Launched

As part of Perthshire Archaeology Month, the Society launched the Blackford Church Trail. Two well attended walks took place with lots of interest being generated on the day.

Information plaques providing further details about each church are being installed at the three churches in Blackford

An informative leaflet has been produced containing information about the history of churches in the village and details a trail linking the main features of interest.

Copies of the new leaflet can be downloaded here.

Wednesday 13th July 2011 - New Interpretation Board Unveiled

A new interpretation board highlighting the history of Blackford was unveiled by Pat Graham, a founder member of the Society, on 13th July 2011. The new board is sited in the woodland picnic area behind the war memorial and contains interesting facts, photographs and illustrations about village history.

28th April 2010 - Launch of historic Blackford booklet

A new history of Blackford, produced by Blackford Historical Society and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, is to be launched on the 28th April 2010. Published in full colour, the richly illustrated, 36-page booklet is a colourful account of the parish and village from prehistory to modern times.  Exploring themes such as the 19th century industries of “boots and beer”, the arrival of the railway, and the Legend of Blackford, the booklet will also reveal the important prehistoric and medieval archaeology to be found in the area.

here to read the press release relating to the booklet launch.

Copies of the booklet can be purchased from the Shop section of the website or by contacting 

1st February 2010 - New Photograph Gallery
Another photograph gallery, Gallery 4, has been added to the website. This gallery contains 36 images including many old postcards of Blackford and the surrounding area. 
We would welcome any comments or additional information relating to each photograph to help us complete our records.

26th October 2009 - New Photograph Gallery
Another photograph gallery, Gallery 3, has been added to the website. This gallery contains 44 images including many class photographs from Blackford Primary School.
We would welcome any comments or additional information relating to each photograph to help us complete our records.

10th October 2009 - New Brewery Article

A new article on Thomson's Blackford Brewery has been added and can be found on the Breweries feature page. The Society gratefully acknowledges the kind permission of the Scottish Brewing Archive to reproduce this article.

28th September 2009 - Events Programme for 2009-10 Published

The Society is pleased to announce publication of its events programme for the forthcoming session that runs from September 2009 to May 2010. As always, there is a varied and very interesting selection of talks and presentations that should appeal to everyone. New members are encouraged to join the Society for its first meeting on 28th September. More details on the programme can be found by clicking here

19th June 2009 - Blackford Parish Church Anniversary
A highly successful garden party was held at Blackford Parish Church to celebrate the church's 150th anniversary. The Historical Society organised an exhibition of old photographs and maps inside the church and this proved to be a strong talking point for guests. Click on the image for more details....

26th March 2009 - Highland Spring contribute to Historic Blackford Booklet

The Society is pleased to announce that Highland Spring have also confirmed funding towards the booklet about the village's history. Members will be working over the next year to compile information and produce the booklet.  Booklets will be available for purchase in 2010 through this website. 
9th March 2009 - Historic Blackford Booklet
Blackford Historical Society has been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All and from Perth and Kinross Council to produce a booklet about the village's history in conjunction with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.  Members will be working over the next year to pull together information and produce the booklet.  Booklets will be available for purchase in 2010 through this website. 
Anyone with information, illustrations or photographs which they feel should be included, or who would like to help in compliling the booklet should contact us at or via the Contact Us form.

24th February 2009 - More old photographs added

A further selection of old photographs from the Society's archive has been uploaded to the website - go to the "Old Photographs" page for more details. The Society is very keen to hear from anyone with further information about the photographs and to add further photographs or postcards to its collection. Please contact

30th January 2009 - Memories of Perth Bull Sales

Willie McLaren, Chair of Blackford Historical Society,  reminisces in the Perthshire Advertiser over his memories of the Perth Bull Sales as they come to an end after 145 years of operation. Click here to read the full article. 

26th January 2009 - Launch of website

Blackford Historical Society today launches its new public website. The site contains a range of information from the Society's archive and will be steadily extended as time and resources permit. If you have any comments about the website or suggestions to develop or improve it, please contact Please visit the site again to see what new material has been added.


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