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Lost Perth

Local History
Publication Date
01 November 2011
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Lost Perth

by Jeremy Duncan - Find out more about the author

As one of Scotland’s most historically significant cities, Perth has played an important role in the nation’s story. Not surprisingly for a place that has seen continuous human settlement for thousands of years, much has come and gone over the centuries.

The followers of Knox and Cromwell, and later the slum clearers, planners and developers, each had their own reasons for taking a pickaxe to Perth, but the cumulative effect of their actions has been to convert most of the ancient city to rubble and road infill. This is the first book to consider just how much of Perth has been lost over the centuries and why. As well as looking at the ancient monasteries and chapels and other great buildings such as Gowrie House, Cromwell’s hated citadel and the first City Hall, Jeremy Duncan uncovers the vanished streets, waterways and open spaces, the once-cherished industries, beloved sporting venues and many other topics, ranging from schools and shops to post offices and prisons.

Jeremy Duncan was born in Perth, brought up in nearby Scone and studied at the University of St Andrews. He was formerly local studies librarian for Perth and Kinross Libraries, he left in 2006. His other books include Perth and Kinross: The Big County (John Donald) and Perth: A Century of Change(Breedon), he also  contributed to The Perthshire Book (Birlinn), edited by Donald Omand.

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