In December 1898 Colonel Charles Munro began the building of Torr Hill. It had 3 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, servants quarters, gun room, shed for the storage of gas for lighting and cooking and a large wooden building to accommodate a coach, 2 horses, hay loft and gardener.
Charles's father, William Munro, was a hotelier. In 1851, when Charles was three, he was the inn-keeper of the Bank Street Inn in Aberfeldy. In 1871 they were at the Kenmore hotel in Kenmore and Charles had begun his career in banking. As bank agent, he was the addressee on the 1882 letter in which my great grandfather agreed the lease of the shop and accommodation in Dunkeld Street. In due course he also became a magistrate, the town clerk and gained the rank of colonel in the territorials around the time of the Boer war.
In 1880 'the Colonel' founded a herd of shorthorn cattle and became a nationally renowned breeder, renting the Mains of Murthly and subsequently Moness Farm which the family retained until 1939.
The 1901 census recorded 53 year old Charles living in Torr Hill with his 42 year old wife, five children and two servants - 16 year old Jane Campbell from Blair Atholl and 13 year old Grace Stewart from Aberfeldy.
The Munro parents and their 6 children moved back to Murthly during the summer and rented out Torr Hill. The 'Aberfeldy News and Visitors list' recorded arrivals at the station and where they would be staying. Torr Hill was always at the top of the list, presumably because it was one of the best houses in the village available for this purpose.
When Charles died his wife moved back to Murthly and his lawyer son Charles took over Torr Hill . Charles Junior died in 1939 but his brother William stayed on in Torr Hill until he died in 1954 and the house was purchased by my father.
My two brothers and I were brought up there and it remained in our family until it was sold in 2011.
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