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Shown below are some random historical facts about the village gathered from various sources covering many years.  Again,  like the rest of the website, this page depends entirely on your contribution.  If you have anything to add to what we have then please either send an email or if it's easier pass it on to Nan Tait.  If you want your contribution to remain anonymous - again that's OK  we'll respect that - but please make the effort to share what you know about Stanley. 





The name Campsie means Crooked Fairy Hill from the Scottish Gaelic - cam meaning crooked and sith meaning fairy.   Linn is an archaic Scottish word for a waterfall.


Older browsers will know that this was the home of the late Doctor Hall and his family for many years.  Obviously there is an Australian connection with the name and I've just discovered what that was.  Hobart House belonged to the Reverend Gustave Adolphe Brequet who was Episcopal Priest-in-Charge of St Columba's Church between 1902 and 1913.  Rev Brequet entered the priesthood in Tasmania and was ordained Deacon in 1885 at the age of 23.



Name & Rank


PoW Number

  Prison Camp

Driver Edward Allan

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag VIII B

Private William F Burns

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag IX C

(A letter received from Pte Burns on 12th October 1940, and dated 18th August 1940 read “OK getting along fine with a bit of a job to do”.  Requests parcels of clothing and eatables.)  

Driver Robert Findlay

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag XXI B

L-Cpl George Howie

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag XX A (96)

L-Cpl James McMorrin

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag XXI B

Private William K Robb

Royal Army Service Corps


Stalag XXI A

Driver William Scott

Royal Army Service Corps

Interned in Switzerland

Sgt David Melville

1st Black Watch


Stalag XX B

Private Robert Robertson

2nd Black Watch


Stalag XVIII A

Thanks to Wullie Burns 

31st March 1917                          

John, 21 and George Craigie 29, served in 7th Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment), Canadian Expeditionary Force, Sons of the late Arthur Craigie and of Mary Craigie, of Store Street, Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland, neither has a known grave and both are commemorated on the Vimy Memorial to the Canadian Missing.

Mary Slessor -Missionary (1848 - 1915)

John Kay brought this book with him to 070707 and it says that Mary Slessor who's shown on the above £10 note used to holiday in Stanley with the family of Miss Amess.  For more details of MarySlessor

Joseph Henderson (1832 - 1908) was a famous artist born in Stanley although he moved to Glasgow in 1852 where he spent the rest of his life.  Click on his name for more details.

Thanks to Gordon Howie 


Handsel Monday

In 1836, a group of workers formed a Singing Club and along with the Stanley Instrumental Band gave a concert on Handsel Monday for the benefit of the poor, with an audience of 400-500. Whereas Handsel Monday had 'commonly been set apart for the degrading purposes of intoxication', it was hoped 'the day is not far distant when people generally instead of spending their holidays in riotous drinking and other baccanalian festivities, will employ them in rational and praiseworthy amusements'. (Perthshire Courier, 28 January 1836)

Note:  Handsel Monday was the first Monday in January when the ploughmen left the fields and paraded through Stanley village to a flute band.  It was traditional to give children and servants a small gift, or "handsel". For more details

Thanks to Gordon Howie          

In the 2001 census Stanley had a population of 1540 up from 1274 when this website was first published in 2005.  With the new houses in Strathord Park the next census should show an even bigger population. 

Place Names

Harrietfield which came into existence in 1822 when the then Drummond of Logie laird was renaming various properties in the locality after members of his family; thus we also have Francesfield and Louisafield farms nearby. When the estate was bought in the 1840s by the Scone Palace family, we see names introduced with the Murray prefix. The re-naming fashion had been picked up on by relatives of both these families thus Mukkersy (swinelands) just north of Stanley and Campsie Linn had earlier been euphemistically turned into Taymount. Farther north we later found one of the Airntully farms being called Stewart Tower and another Drummondhall.

Airntully near Stanley got its name from earann tulaich - share of the hillock and used to be the largest community in the district with some 80 stone and turf dwellings scattered either side of the old track to the Caputh boat.

Source:  Scottish Place name Society.

AUCHTERGAVEN, - vulgarly OCHTERGAVEN, - village and parish in Strathtay district, Perthshire. The village stands about 3 miles north-west of Stanley railway station, and about 9 north-north-west of Perth, and is a straggling place. The parish contains also the post office village of Bankfoot, the villages of Cairneyhill and Waterloo, and most of the post office village of Stanley. Its length is 10 miles; its mean breadth is 3 miles; and its area is 12,941 acres. Real property in 1880-81, £15,048. Pop. 2195. The surface rises from the Tay, up Strathardie, to the summit of a low range of the Grampians, and consists chiefly of swelling knolls and sloping ridges. The seats are Stanley House, Airleywight, and Tullybelton. The poet Nicol was a native, and sang the beauties of the landscape in his 'Bonnie Ordie Braes.' The churches are the parochial, with nearly 1200 sittings, 2 Free, and a United Presbyterian. There are 2 public schools for 5050 scholars, and one of them and an enlargement for 450 are new."

Wilson, Rev. John, The Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882. (Thanks to Gordon Howie)

Wallace's Castle

What we used to call "Wallace's Castle" down the back of the mill is actually called Inchbervis Castle and it is 14th or early 15th century of the classification "simple keep".  Since William Wallace was executed in London on 23 August 1305 for treason any link to him is probably inaccurate.                 

Thanks to Gordon Howie for that information provided in 2005


In May 2018 Will Stevenson  provided a link with more interesting information on Inchbervis (Wallace's) Castle and you should be able to view it by clicking this link: history/castle/inchbervis- castle

Thanks Will 


Recently auctioned letter written whilst staying in Stanley Hotel 30th September (no year given) by 1st Viscount Edmund Henry Allenby, Field Marshal (1861-1936)  suggesting that the Australian lady can come to Stanley to visit him, returning by the night train as he will be in Stanley fishing until mid October.  He also says that Stanley Station is on the main line from Perth.

City of Dundee
World War II - 1939 to 1945


James Reid Carr

Age: 20
Address: unknown
Next of Kin: Son of William Stewart Carr and Isabella Carr of Stanley, Perthshire
Rank: Apprentice
Number: unknown
Served With: S.S. Baron Blythswood, Merchant Navy
Force: Merchant Navy
Date of Death: 20/09/1940
Place of Death: at sea
Historical Information: unknown
Cemetery/Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial, London, UK
Memorial Ref: Panel 14
Location Details: unspecified
Information Source: -