Auchterarder and District History Association
Scottish Charity no: SC035395
Some notable incidents in the history of Auchterarder.
- Auchterarder means 'a well watered hill on a high ridge.
- Here you can see monuments built 5000 years ago
This was the wild northern frontier of the Roman Empire.
- In the middle ages the town had a royal castle whose outline still exists.
- Malcolm 111 built the castle as a hunting lodge in 9th century
- Edward 1 stayed in the castle in 1296 during the wars of Independence
- The Peace of Auchterarder 1559 was the first treaty between Scottish Protestants and Catholics
Marie de Guise, acting as Regent for the absent
Mary Queen of Scots, met the Protestant Lords in the castle.
- The Old Church Tower was built in 1660 from stone taken from Kincardine Castle, nearby home of the Marquis of Montrose
- In 1716 the Jacobite Earl of Mar burned the town after his defeat at Sheriffmuir.
- In 1746 townsfolk congratulated the Duke of Cumberland after his victory at Culloden
- The famous Minister of War Viscount R B Haldane of Cloan, nearby, remodelled the British army and created the territorial army
- Local weaving industry was developed in the Victorian era.
- Glenruthven Mills (Whites) had the last steam powered looms in Scotland
- In 1942, a local lad, Squadron Leader James Smith flew on the Dam Buster raid, in which the famous 'Bouncing Bomb' destroyed the Mohne and Eder Dams. Unfortunately, he died on the raid.
- The railway from Stirling to Perth was opened in 1848.
- Auchterarder Golf Club was formed in 1892.
- In 1913 the Caledonian Railway Company started work on Gleneagles.The
hotel was completed in 1924.
- Gleneagles golf course held the first international golf competition between the USA and Britain in 1921 (The forerunner of the Ryder Cup).
- In 2005 at the G8 Summit of World Leaders in Gleneagles, the first agreement was reached on global poverty and climate change.
- In 2014 The Ryder Cup was again held at Gleneagles Golf Course. The British and European team won.
- Nearby places of interest :
Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Course
Innerpeffray Library - Founded about 1680, the first free lending library in Scotland. ( more )