The gaelic meaning of Bohespic is 'Both an Easbean' meaning bishop's dwelling. The land was associated with Dunkeld Cathedral and bishops possibly used it as a summer retreat in medieval times.
The 1st edition Ordnance Survey 6-inch map (1867) shows the location of all seven farms or townships of Bohespic.
For centuries, Bohespic was part of the lands of the chiefs of Clan Donnachaidh. In 1451, King James II gave the land to Roberto Duncansone of Strowane. This was a reward for bringing to justice Sir Robert Graham, who led a group of Scots to murder King James I in 1437. In 1513, however, King James V gave the land to John, Earl of Atholl to repay money owed by the current Struan clan chief.
The land included duabus Bospekke, the two main settlements of Wester and Easter Bohespic. Over time the land was divided into more farms; the last division in 1801 was by the caretaker of the Atholl Estate, James Stobie. Why? More rent, of course!
"I have made a neat division of Bohespike in the Hill as well as the arable (land), forming the whole into regular farms and taken offers from the best of the tenants which amount to about £260 - £40 more than double the old rent," James Stobie in Estate rent records.
The other farms or townships were called Tighmore, Gaskan, Tighnacoile, Dalno and Dalriach. Today both the Bohespic named sites have modern houses built on them. With the exception of Dalriach, located by the River Tummel, the rest are hidden within the national forest estate.
Storyteller Anne Sinclair shares two local tales in both English and Gaelic.
- The Wife who went with the Fairies - English (mp3)
- The Wife who went with the Fairies transcript - English (pdf 343k)
- The Wife who went with the Fairies - Gaelic (mp3)
- The Wife who went with the Fairies transcript - Gaelic (pdf 347k)
- Seven Brothers of Bohespic - English (mp3)
- Seven Brothers of Bohespic transcript - English (pdf 343k)
- Seven Brothers of Bohespic - Gaelic (mp3)
- Seven Brothers of Bohespic transcript - Gaelic (pdf 343k)
The exact location of Bohespic is grid reference NN 741 609.
The sites here are mostly within Tummel Forest, to the east of General Wade's Military Road from Tummel Bridge to Trinafour. These sites have limited accessibility and there is no official trail.
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