In the 18th century the Shians and Garrows formed hamlets in Glenquaich which contained lots of Fishers . In the picture below, looking east along the glen, the Garrows are bottom right while the Shians are centre left. Loch Freuchie is in the distance.
Many Fishers emigrated from this glen to Canada in the 1830s. They became known as the Perth County Pioneers. It has so far proved impossible to establish a connection between these Fishers and any of our ancestors.
The 1867 ordinance survey shows a large community at the Shians including a graveyard and school. All that remains are the East and West Shian farmhouses and the school (now a house) built, one presumes, as part of the improvements. This photograph show ruins in the foreground with West Shian beyond and the school behind the tree on the right.
The graveyard at Shian contains no Fishers, probably because the Fishers had all gone by the time gravestones began to be erected.
The valley floor of Glenquaich lies 900 feet above sea level and it has been suggested that the 800 feet contour was a critical altitude. Glenquaich had a reputation for being a cold bleak place during the winter months. In 1794 Marshall noted that crops were planted later and were less likely to ripen than in the adjoining Breadalbane district along the shores of Loch Tayside. Paying rent in good years must have been challenging. In poor years it must have been impossible. A petition to Lord Breadalbane demonstrates that, for many in the glen, distillation of whisky was essential to avoid financial ruin (NRS: GD112/11/8//12/21). It is difficult to challenge the judgement of the Breadalbane administration that the Glen needed to be turned over to sheep.
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