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Croftdowglash, in Perthshire.

Loch Tummel was raised in the 1950s, I think, and so this may now be under water.

I wonder if anyone knows?

This came to light when researching  seven unroofed shieling-huts at a place called Allt Poll Dubh-Ghlas  a few miles to the north-west.

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Comment by William Douglas on May 1, 2014 at 21:42

Thank you, John

Comment by john douglas on May 1, 2014 at 19:37

Hi William,

I recently came across your initial blog and whilst investigating something else I've come up with this!

Croftdouglas still exists, as you stated on 14 Nov. 2013 and wasn't emerged by the raising of Loch Tummel in 1950!

The first image is of modern day Loch Tummel and on the northern shore - about 1 mile east from the Loch Tummel Hotel, there are two streams (burns) descending into the loch - just to the west of the first, "Croftdouglas" is clearly named.

The second image is an aerial view (google earth), which shows the steam (line of trees) and a group of three very old buildings to the west.

The third is an image (google earth - sreetview), which shows the buildings in the same layout, as appeared on the 1897 O.S. survey. If one looks closely, these are of old "dry-stane" construction and would originally have had "thatched" heather (black-house type) roofs.

I was recently back in Scotland, so I had a "wee peek in passing" but the present owners of the "more recent " 19th century small holding adjacent, don't know anything of the site history -domage!!!

Maybe see you at the gathering.

Lang ma' yur lum reek,


Comment by William Douglas on December 4, 2013 at 17:42

A farmstead comprising one unroofed, one partially roofed, five roofed buildings and one enclosure is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Perthshire 1867, sheet xxx). One unroofed and three roofed buildings are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1976). 
Information from RCAHMS (SAH) 10 October 1997

Comment by William Douglas on December 4, 2013 at 17:36

Master shoemaker Robert Douglas, b 12 Aug 1782 died unmarried at Croftdouglas 25 Jan 1870. he was son of John Douglas, shoemaker, and Isabel Stewart.

Comment by William Douglas on November 14, 2013 at 11:51

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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