Local Archives, Information and Memorabilia

The Pitlochry and Moulin Heritage Centre has gathered a fascinating archive of local artefacts,  information, photographs and memorabilia. We welcome donations or loans of local items to show in the Centre and to share with our visitors.

If you have anything you think we might be interested in then please get in touch, either by visiting the centre or emailing us at pandmheritage@gmail.com Please let us know if you have any ideas for exhibitions on our local history or research to further extend our display. We welcome your involvement in growing the archive.

Amongst our archive we hold the Millennium Diary collected and compiled by Wilma McLauchlan, which proves very popular and a great collection of old school photographs. Also held within the Kirk are the archives of Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle and information on some of the old families in the district. We have some great old books about the local area and if you are a budding family historian, then we have some interesting resources including local Monumental Inscriptions and some census details. Our local genealogist, Old Oak Genealogy, is available at the Centre on Mondays.

A selection of photographs of Pitlochry Past and Present by local historian, Sandy Wilson together with a slideshow of images of old Pitlochry, Moulin and district. And of course, do not forget to have a browse around the old Moulin Kirk graveyard to find the Joug Tree, a very old ash tree. This is where it is recorded that those who found themselves in trouble back in the day in Moulin could find themselves in the “Chaggs” or “Jougs” for an hour or two for petty offences, imposed by the Moulin Baron’s Court, whose jurisdiction extended to Strathardle.

There is also a legend that criminals were hung from a branch of this old ash tree. The tree was called the “Hangman’s Ash”. It’s also been referred to as the “Hanging Tree”. The Baron’s Court met at Moulin until the abolition of such courts in 1746 but had no power to inflict capital punishment. The legend may have come about where murderers were lynched and hung by local people angry at their crimes - but the truth is lost in time.

And there are the Crusader’s graves in Moulin Kirkyard – one dating back to the 12th century. This flat grave stone may have been the final resting place of some long forgotten knight or perhaps a lord from the Black Castle of Moulin.

Crusaders GravesMoulin Road of OldMoulin Kirk