THE LAUNCH Inchture Hotel, 7pm Friday 29th September
Keynote speech by Howard Minnick, Botanist, Conservationist, and 3rd Great Grandson of Patrick Matthew. Entertainment from piper John Robertson, Scottish Country dancers The Angus Kitties, and drama from Linsay Duncan of Speak Scotland. Light refreshments will be served.
We will be launching all the weekend’s events, including the start of the Patrick Matthew Trail – a map of 6 QR points to visit across the Carse of Gowrie. Visit them all and find out much more information about Patrick Matthew and places that were important in his life.
The event is free but to help us with catering and room numbers, please email us at email@example.com All welcome – children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult please.
JUNIOR CARSONIANS' EXHIBITION Errol Hall – 10am-4pm Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October
Visit Errol Hall and see all of the exhibitions from 2 years’ of work with children from the 6 Carse Primary Schools. Find out lots of fascinating information presented by the children about Patrick Matthew’s life, including the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, giant redwood trees, life on the Carse in the past, discovering Patrick’s burial location, his former house Gourdiehill, and much much more.
No need to book – just come along!
TAY RAIL BRIDGE DISASTER BOAT TRIPS From Broughty Ferry with Taymara and Speak Scotland Friday 29th September 9am, Saturday 30th September 10am, Sunday 1st October 11am
Three unique boat trips from Broughty Ferry to Mugdrum Island, with Linsay Duncan of Speak Scotland bringing to life Patrick Matthew’s warnings about the dangers of the original Tay Rail Bridge and telling the tale of what happened the night of 28th December, 1879, when it collapsed.
SORRY - BOOKINGS FULL!
PATRICK MATTHEW’S LETTERS AND RESEARCH AK Bell Library, Perth, 10.30-12.30pm Saturday 30th September
Display of original letters and research documents and papers between Patrick Matthew and Lord Kinnaird, plus other fascinating articles.
Open event – no need to book.
BLAZE THE PATRICK MATTHEW TRAIL! GET ON YER BIKE!! From Errol Hall, 12pm, Saturday 30th September
Come and explore the Patrick Matthew Trail with your friends and family! The cycle will start from Errol Hall and be 10-12 miles including some of the key locations, exploring his life and legacy along the way. Limited to 10 people, this will include a group leader and risk assessment talk before heading out to maximise safety. Children over 10 years old are welcome, if they feel confident of doing the mileage, and are accompanies by an adult.
TAY LANDSCAPES PARTNERSHIP’S FRUIT FESTICAL - FUN IN THE ORCHARD! Muirhouses Orchard, Grange, 10am-4pm Saturday 30th September
Tay Landscape Partnership are running a Fruit Festival at Muirhouses Orcharge in Grange, including apple pressing, bee keeping, orchard games, orchard tours and pop up market. See http://www.taylp.org/taylp-event/1905/
Open event – no need to book
DR MIKE SUTTON – ‘NULLIUS IN VERBA’ Alibob Café, Cairn O’Mohr, 5-6.30pm Saturday 30th September
Dr. Sutton will discuss his book Nullius in Verba (take nobody’s word for it) revealing Patrick’s lack of accolade by The Royal Society. Matthew discovered the process of natural selection thirty years prior to Charles Darwin publishing Origin of Species yet was given no credit by the scientific establishement. He was also the first person to bring the Californian redwood seed into the UK, and again was not credited for this until recently.
MEGGINCH CASTLE – OPEN ORCHARD EVENT Megginch Castle grounds, 12-2pm Sunday 1st October
Come and walk in the footsteps of Patrick Matthew! We are delighted to be able to offer a self-guided tour in the grounds of Megginch Castle. The Drummond and Matthew families were not only geographically closely linked, but they were also friends who shared a common interest in orchards, forestry and curling.
Megginch provides a unique insight into the horticultural work of Patrick Matthew. Here you can see two of the first Giant Redwood trees to be grown from seed and planted in Europe in 1853. The seeds were brought back to the Carse of Gowrie by Patrick Matthew’s son John, also a botanist, who was in California following the gold rush trail. There is a newly planted Redwood and an extensive apple orchard to wander through. Megginch is the National Collection holder for Scottish Heritage Apple and Pear varieties.
Open orchard event – no need to book. Directions: Approach directly off the A90, Perth-bound carriageway, half a mile on the left after Errol/Inchmichael flyover, between two stone lodge gatehouses. Volunteers will be there to greet you and provide you with your self-guided tour map. Paths and some uneven ground, dogs welcome on a lead.
31 REDWOOD TREES TOUR AND AFTERNOON TEA AT ERROL PARK ESTATE Errol Park House and Grounds, 2.30-4pm Sunday 1st October
Enjoy a unique private tour of the grounds of Errol Park to visit the 31 redwood row on the Estate. These trees are strongly suspected to be from Matthew redwood seed stock, but not planted until 1874, a year after his death. DNA testing in the future will tell us the truth. But for now, this amazing redwood arboretum is well worth a visit. There are also other links to Errol Park Estate, as in the 1890s Patrick Matthew’s daugher Euphemia lived at Park Cottage, which is still an estate property, from 1874, a year before the house was re-built. The tour will end up with afternoon tea.
Your estate guides will be Fiona Ross and Howard Minnick, 3rd Great Grandson of Patrick Matthew.