Peter Fisher 1838 - 1922
Peter's father Alexander had moved from Murthly to Lawers by the time Peter was born in 1838.
By age 3 he was with his grandparents back in Borlick where he would subsequently spent much of his life. His parents wills suggest the relationship between them and their eldest son might have been somewhat strained. He certainly sought considerable financial help from them - 'We during our lifetime having made various payments and allowances to our son Peter Fisher farmer Borlick do not consider him entitled to participate in the residue of our estate'.
In 1862 he married Elizabeth MacDougall a domestic servant living in Camserney. Elizabeth's grandfather was Thomas MacLagan a tenant in Borlick named in a report on Breadalbane tenants written in 1822.
Peter and Elizabeth had 3 children baptised in Aberfeldy (by this time parish boundaries had changed so Murthly and Borlick were in the parish of Aberfeldy).
- 1841 - his parents having been removed from Murthly, Peter was with his grandparents Peter and Janet McLean in Borlick
- 1851 - with his parents in Culdaremore
- 1861- living with Peter McLean and his 3 grown up and apparently unmarried children, Alexander, John and Margaret, in Lower Borlick. One of two resident ploughmen.
- 1871 - at Borlick working as a farm servant. His wife Elizabeth, Alexander age 7 and Eliza age 4 were with him.
- The family's grave stone (right) shows that a daughter Mary had been born 7 Dec. 1869 but died 6 weeks later on 22 Jan. 1870. For some reason her place of death was recorded as Chapel Street, Aberfeldy (house number not recorded).
- 1875 - when his daughter Mary Margaret's birth was recorded he was a ploughman.
- 1881 - still at Borlick but now in the farm house he had risen to the status of farmer of 20 acres, of which 12 were arable, employing 4 men 2 women and a boy. His 58 year old unmarried aunt Margaret McLean was living wth them. Her occupation was 'farmer'.
- Sept 1881 - Peter Gillies reported by Inspector Grant for stealing Peter's sheep.
- 1891 - many miles from home, at Kilbrandon in Argyll, he was working as a ground officer. Margaret McLean was still with them but Alexander had died the year before.
- 1901 - back in Perthshire and close to his siblings as postmaster living in the Postmaster's House, Fortingall with his wife, daughter Mary and aunt Margaret. His nephew Alaistair Simpson was also there. His daughter christened Mary Margaret, but called Mary Coupar on the headstone, was his sub postmistress.
- 1909 - Leslie's Directory records him as postmaster but also a grocer and general dealer, the only one in Fortingall.
The postmaster's house (left) also served as post office and general store.
Peter died in 1922 aged 83, his wife having died 7 years before. Their headstone lies in the Kenmore graveyard beside the other Fisher headstones. Their daughter Mary Coupar continued as postmistress. Mary's son in law, David Robertson Dow, subsequently became postmaster and continued after the death of his first wife, Elizabeth Coupar, with his second wife Mary Campbell.
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