Perth's Lade

Rychallich, Tulloch near Nethy Bridge 

Perth Lade

Explore Abernethy in partnership with Alder Archaeology conducted an archaeological community survey project at Rychallich, Tulloch near Nethy Bridge.  The settlements at Tulloch are associated with many local tales and stories, as often they were only abandoned in the 20th century.  Rychallich is one such settlement and is crofted by local historian Marina Dennis.  The settlement was of interest as it was known to have an interesting occupation starting in the 16th century and continuing right through into 20th century, when latterly it was used by Gordonstoun School as a bothy, and afterwards into the 1980s, as a general hill walker's shelter.  In 1772 Rychallich became locally famous for the murder of one of its occupants, John Grant, by neighbour John Cumming of Easter Tulloch.  Research carried out prior to this project involved looking through related documents in the National Archives of Scotland. From this information, largely contemporary witness statements, it has been possible to suggest a possible location for the fatal shooting on the hills behind Rychallich.

Perth Lade

The 1890s house

Perth Lade

Surveying a boundary

The main part of the survey was a detailed building recording which provided a record of the main standing structures, a roofed house c. 1890s, an 1840s building, an 1880s building and a Milkhouse.  The survey also recorded in plan the footings of two earlier 18th century structures, one of them contemporary with the murder. 

Perth Lade

Footings of 18th century buildings

This fieldwork illuminated the possible functions of rooms, many internal details of structures and how the buildings developed over time. 

Perth Lade

The Milkhouse

On the last day of the project there was a walkover survey of the surrounding landscape.  This threw light on many agricultural remains, including various tracks, enclosures, clearance cairns, boundaries and the remains of a reaper.  Of most significance however, was the discovery of building footings away from the main centre of the settlement which correspond with buildings shown on the 1773 estate plan.

Perth Lade

A track recorded during the walkover