Donald ‘Dan’ MacPherson was born 2nd January 1936. His father owned the Kirkmichael Hotel and also the garage in the village. He and his family moved to Coupar Angus in 1956. Listen to Dan’s story below. Pictures of the hotel can be seen in the Gallery section of the website.
1. Intro & Highland Games
Dan talks about his early life and about the Strathardle Gathering.
2. Early life
Dan talks about things he remembers from his youth, including the putting green, the youth hostel, and holidaymakers from Dundee.
3. Kirkmichael Hotel
Dan's grandfather and father owned the hotel from about 1912.
Dan talks about his time at Kirkmichael Primary School.
5. School (part 2)
Dan recalls his experience of primary school.
6. School Discipline
Talking about what happened to children who didn't behave.
Talking about the various options open to people from the glen. There were still a good amount of employment opportunities but sometimes people would commute to surrounding areas, including Dan himself.
Dan sometimes used to cycle to Blairgowrie and back as a child for music lessons.
Dan talks about the buses that linked the glen to the surrounding areas. Includes story about a 13-year-old bus driver...
10. Father's War Story
Dan talks about his father's experience of the war. This included his attempts to get compassionate leave when his wife - and Dan's mother - died.
11. Tattie Holidays
The tattie picking and planting holidays could bring vital income to glen families, especially larger ones.
12. WWII Plane Crash
Dan recalls a plane crashing near Kirkmichael during the war and his schoolmates subsequent attempts to retrieve souvenirs. .
Dan talks again about what opportunities there were for school leavers.
14. Entertainment and Leisure
Dan talks about what people did for fun. For example, there were weekly dances and whist drives at the village hall.
This page was added by Sally Gingell on 14/12/2013.