The North Inch and River Tay at Perth, about 1903

The River Tay is the fastest flowing river in Europe. In this view, the North Inch, a flat green park, flanks its left bank. In the centre of the picture is the 90th Regiment Memorial and a boating station. One of two Inches in Perth - the name means 'island', this flat expanse of land has been used for a multitude of purposes over the centuries; agriculture, laundry, sport, warfare, leisure and public memorials.

The North Inch was used for grazing and cattle markets as well as bleaching and drying laundry. Boating, horse-racing, golf, rugby, cricket and most recently, the Perth Fun Run have all been staged here. The Battle of the Clans, a trail by combat, to settle a feud between the clans Chattan and Kay was held here in 1936. Bonnie Prince Charlie reviewed his army here in 1745 and the 90th Regiment Memorial is a tribute to the 90th Infantry Perthshire Volunteers raised by Thomas Graham of Balgowan, Perth in 1794. It was un-veiled in December 1896.

  • Material/Medium: gelatin dry plate negative
  • Date: c.1903
  • Creator: Wood & Son Printers, Perth, purchased from A. Mackenzie, Scott Street
  • Accession number: W0028
  • Category: Photography
  • Subject: North Inch,Perth,Perthshire,Scotland,River Tay,public park