January 2nd 1737
The mansion at Octertyre, Crieff
Famous Grouse at Crieff.
Picture by Chas Webb
His household account book has survived and gives an interesting picture of the way in which the gentry of these times lived. Meat and game were plentiful throughout the year with mutton, beef, hens, geese, hares, partridge, woodcock, ptarmigan, grouse, duck and pigeon figuring prominently in the menus. Sea fish, trout and salmon were plentiful and in the summer months fruit and vegetables were obtained from the walled garden.