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Doune Castle PerthshireThe village of Doune lies by the River Teith in southern Perthshire.

The main attraction is Doune Castle, an impressive fortress overlooking the River Teith, dates from the 14thC.

The bridge over the Teith at Doune was built by Robert Spittal. He arrived at the ferry with no money and was refused passage. In order to put the ferryman out of a job he had the bridge built in 1535. In 1715 the bridge was partly destroyed by the Earl of Mar to delay goverment troops moving north from Stirling.

In 1611 the town became a burgh of barony.

Doune was once famous for the manufacture of Scottish pistols, the trade having been introduced in by Robert Caddell in 1645. In the 19thC the Buchanan brothers opened the Deanston cotton mill which employed 1000 spinners and weavers. Both industries have now gone.

In 1793 the first post office was opened. In 1858 the railway arrived en route from Dunblane to Callander.

 

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