Statistical Accounts

On the 25 May 1790, Sir John Sinclair, Baronet of Ulbster in Caithness wrote to over nine hundred Parish ministers throughout Scotland asking them to contribute to a Statistical Inquiry by answering as best they could,a series of one hundred and sixty-six Queries respecting each Parish.

The New (or Second) Statistical Account of Scotland built on the previous work carried out by Sir John Sinclair for the First Statistical Accounts by including the knowledge of local doctors and schoolmasters. The Second Statistical Accounts were published between 1834 and 1845.

Loch Glascarnoch - The road at the bottom of a loch.

Scotland in 2018 had fantastic weather. The spring which extended into a fantastic summer had lots of sunshine. However, that meant there wasn’t much rain, which adversely affected farmers and gardeners. In addition, some of the local lochs saw a drop in their water levels, allowing us a glimpse back to the past.

One of these lochs is Loch Glascarnoch, which has seen its water level fall during the year and part of the bottom of the loch dried out, revealing a landscape that is rarely seen, and a road that is normally submerged. So, why is there a road at the bottom of a loch?

The link to the Alternative Perspective blog below gives a summary of the history of the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board man-made loch and dam and the submerged road in the loch.

Please note the following link will take you to an external website.

A view of Garve looking towards Little Wyvis.

Attribution: unknown

Silverbridge - The military bridges and drove road

The footpath at Silverbridge running alongside the Blackwater river between two historic bridges that cross the river is an historic route used by both drovers and the military in the past.

Please note the following link will take you to the Alternative Perspective blog which provides some details of this historic route:

Military bridge over the Blackwater

Attribution: unknown