Dunning Parish Historical Society in Perthshire Scotland has local Dunning history data including dunning village census and grave yard geneaology records Dunning history society logo text

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Dunning Parish Historical Society

is based in the old Perthshire village of Dunning in Scotland.

Dunning is steeped in history from the earliest days. The name in Gaelic is Dùnainn, meaning 'little fort'. There is an iron-age fort on the Dun Knock and a 1st century Roman camp at Kincladie. Saint Serf is said to have killed a dragon here, and there is a thorn tree planted in Jacobite times as well as a monument to Maggie Wall, burnt as a witch in 1657. Our site includes St. Serf's Church graveyard survey and Dunning parish census records, both useful for genealogy research.

Dunning is still very much a living, working village, its residents a mix of all ages and interests. We have a population of 1000, two churches, three pubs, several shops, a primary school, two parks, a golf course, tennis courts and a bowling green.

Who We Are

photo of Dunning from the north

Dunning Parish Historical Society was formed in July 1992 and has now grown to over 300 members including several overseas. We are committed to gathering and disseminating local history. To that end we have accumulated a large and varied quantity of historical information both written and photographic, and aim to play a major part in helping to decide local public history policy. Our web site was established in April 1998 and is still growing. We hope it will serve as a readily accessible example of conservation of local history. By storing digitally all this varied information and making it readily available through the internet we aim to Embrace the Future to Cherish the Past.

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Some of us enjoying a
A demonstration of spinning at
the 1996 museum
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Dupplin Cross Historic Village Centre

Hundreds of summer visitors are drawn to the village by road signs advertising St Serfs church. DPHS and the Community Council combined to provide a visitor service which in the ten years to 2002 (when Historic Scotland took over) has guided visitors from over 25 countries and most parts of the UK. The Society's publication of gravestone inscriptions has helped many visitors in their research.

St Serf's church)
dunning maggie wall monument

Roughly painted on the stones of this 20 ft high monument one mile from Dunning are the chilling words: Maggie Wall burnt here 1657 as a Witch. What's it all about? Find out here.

You may download an application form here.

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Dunning Parish Historical Society is a
Scottish Charity, Registration Number: SC020518

Address for Letters:
Dunning Parish Historical Society
c/o Rollo Park Pavilion
Station Road
Dunning, Perthshire, PH2 0RH

We welcome both new and returning
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Technical note.
This site still shows its origins when it was built in 1998, the days of slow dialup internet which required total page size limited to 30kb maximum and therefore including only very small images. The usual PC screen size was only 600x480px.
It was re-written for larger screens (800x600px) in 2000. The last major upgraade was in 2011 when the coding was updated to the latest XHTML standard, but by then there were so many pages, so much data, and so many small images to seek out the originals that it would not be possible to further update.
However, we believe it still performs resonably well on small screens such as smartphones. On large screens it might look a little lost but is easily read and all the data is still available.
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