John Souter Died 3rd March 1897 on Moulin Moor
John Souter was born on 4th November 1835, the illegitimate son of John Souter Senior and Isabella MacDonald of Pittmiddle, Perthshire and was baptised eight days later on 12th November. He was a single man who worked as a cattle drover and lived on a farm at Stronchavie. The deserted farmhouse is still there today. He died on either the night of the 2nd March or in the early hours of the 3rd March 1897.
He had attended a cattle sale in Moulin and in the evening had left to walk the seven miles to his home at Stronchavie. There was a bad snow storm and about four miles from Pitlochry, John Souter collapsed and died. His body was discovered the following day.
His death certificate records the cause of death as “primarily syncope brought on by chronically diseased state of heart and liver combined with too much to drink, too little food and exposure to perverse weather”
A tragic story but it is heart warming to know that his friends thought well enough of him to make sure he was never forgotten.