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


Membership is open to anyone of any age. The main benefits are:

  • An interesting and informative 24 page quarterly magazine delivered by post.
  • Free entry to local meetings.
  • Discount price on paid events and items for sale.
  • Contact with many other people with similar interests.
Annual fees from 1st October 2023 are:
Standard £15, Overseas £25 Sterling.
Concessions for seniors, juniors and families.

The committee cannot normally undertake research for other people. However, they can provide assistance with any suitable project a member may wish to undertake.

To join please write to:

The Membership Secretary,
Dunning Parish Historical Society
c/o Rollo Park Pavilion
Station Road
Dunning, Perthshire, PH2 0RH

Or you can download an application form

What's Available

Several past and ongoing projects have produced items which could be made available to anyone who enquires. Some items are ready now; some are for sale, while others still require cataloging or editing etc. Some examples are listed:

Our latest Publication - July 2015 - 'A Walk Round Dunning with Peter Duncan'

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We are very proud of our latest publication, which culminates a great deal of work spread over quite a number of years. Starting over twenty years ago Peter Duncan would take groups of summer visitors on a walk round the most historic parts of Dunning, relating the long and varied history of the village as they went. More recently he developed this into an illustrated talk which has been enjoyed by several local audiences. Now at last he has written it all down. The result is a 24 page full colour booklet containing a wonderful look at Dunning's history which can be taken in your own arm chair. It is very well worth the cost of £3.00 (plus post).
To order your copy please click here.

Historic Dunning - Now Out of Print

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During 2005 Dunning Parish Historical Society and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust worked together to produce this booklet. But all stocks are now exhausted and it will not be reprinted. However, the good news is that the book above: A Walk Round Dunning with Peter Duncan, which is ten years younger) contains all the information that was in this one, and a good deal more.




Quarterly Newsletters and 'Dunningite' Magazines.

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Previous issues of our quarterly newsletter are of course available. The complete index and the first forty newsletters are on line here. Others may be supplied on request.




Demand for this excellent paperback book has been so great that it has been re-printed.
It is now available for £6 sterling plus post and packing. To order it please click here.

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A collection of over 1000 historic photographs of local people and events between 19th Century and 1960. We have recently started the task of cataloguing these.

A large collection of modern colour photographs, mostly taken between 1992 and 93, providing a wide record of community life at that time. These have been catalogued and scanned and could be supplied on CD-ROM by request.

The Society has undertaken five archeological field walks in conjunction with the Tayside and Fife Field Walkers Group. Some significant finds have been uncovered, some documentation and a few photographs are available. We also have a video explaining the activity.

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Graveyard survey. A complete list of inscriptions from St Serf's kirkyard. The first headstones date from 1623. This material is widely used by visitors and academic researchers.
(If required the printed book is available on request).

40 audiotape interviews with old timers who were born, raised and still live in the village. These are raw footage, currently being edited for publication.

Parish of Dunning Census Records here have been transcribed from handwritten public data

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Several wartime evacuees to Dunning have related their experiences of life in the village as video or audio recordings. The resulting book: Here Come The Glasgow Keelies (ISBN 0-9536837-0-2) was extremely popular and is now completely sold out. However, we can supply it on request as a pdf file on CDROM for £10 plus postage.

Videotape Programmes Made by the Society for VHS, PAL and NTSC tapes prior to 1997
are now available in digital form.
Please email a request for prices etc.

Titles include:-

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Newest Titles:
  • 1997, a Year to Remember. 23 minutes.
  • Tradesmen's Tales. 19 minutes.
  • Memories of the Kirkstyle. 20 minutes.
Older Titles:
  • An Introduction to Dunning. 9:00
  • The Butler's Son. 13:40
  • The Return of the P.O.W. 11:10
  • The Tattie Holidays. 12:04
  • Tattie Memories. 17:04
  • The Thorn Tree. 8:14
  • The Patient Art of Fieldwalking . 13:00
  • Dunning '93 Flood. 10:00
  • The Evacuees. 13:48 or 20:34.

Copies may also be ordered of a video 'Dunning Remembered' containing the four programmes shown at the March 2000 meeting:

  • 'Dunning's Special Hogmanay' (about the Hogmanay 2000 celebrations) 12 mins.
  • 'Dunning and its Evacuees' (about the 1999 reunion and our unique relationship with our World War II evacuees) 20 mins.
  • 'Wildlife in a Village Garden' (the David Doig/Lorne Wallace collaboration) 16 mins.
  • 'The Thorntree' (updated version of an earlier programme about Dunning's famous tree) 9 mins.

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