The Thorn Tree, Dunning

Children ranged below the Thorn Tree in Tron Square, Dunning, Perthshire, about 1903.  The girls all wear hats and most wear aprons.  The boys all wear caps and a number have bare feet because of the warm weather.  The boy seated at the centre front wears a kilt.  The boy standing to the left of the tree appears to have just started to eat a substantial piece or sandwich.

Dunning lies on the north side of the Ochil Hills.  No fewer than 6 roads meet here; from Path of Condie, Muckhart, Auchterarder, the Glasgow-Perth road, Perth via Forteviot Station, and Bridge of Earn.  Dunning was burned by the Earl of Mar after the Jacobite defeat at Sheriffmuir in 1715.  All but one house was destroyed.  The thorn tree was planted as a memorial of that event.

  • Material/Medium: wet collodion plate negative
  • Date: c.1860-1897
  • Creator: Magnus Jackson Photographer. Later acquired by John K. Taylor and sold to Wood and Son Printers, Perth for postcard use.
  • Accession number: W0139
  • Category: Photography
  • Subject: Thorn Tree,Dunning,Perthshire,Scotland,tree,village,children