Is Scotland’s Jessie Mann the world’s first official female photographer?

IT is strongly believed that Jessie Mann, from Perth, is the first woman photographer.

Bidwells forestry specialists Kate Sheppard and Ian Stewart. Picture: Contributed

Property firm Bidwells hails ‘substantial’ growth

The Scottish arm of property consultant Bidwells has racked up a 12 per cent increase in annual fee income.

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The Nor' Loch in Edinburgh. Picture; TSPL

The origins of Scotland’s city nicknames explained

Scotland’s six cities, and yes for the purposes of this piece there are six (what constitutes a Scottish city could fill a whole book of opinion) are all known by a variety of names.

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Whisky Auctioneer owner Iain McClune said the firm was 'thrilled' to be leading the sale. Picture: 
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Rare Japanese whisky collection goes under the hammer

The world’s largest known collection of rare and collectable Karuizawa whisky from Japan will go under the hammer in an online auction held by Perth-based Whisky Auctioneer.

Iain Cram of Bell Ingram watches the overpass in action. Picture: Wullie Marr

Highland Show ‘flyover’ makes Rics awards shortlist

The cattle “flyover” opened last year to let animals being exhibited at the Royal Highland Show reach the showrings without bringing the movement of people round the event to a grinding halt has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

John Swinney is under pressure over teacher numbers. Picture: PA

School in Swinney’s constituency asks parents for maths help

A secondary school in the ­constituency of education ­secretary John Swinney has sent out a letter to parents ­asking them for help with teaching mathematics.

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Paolo Nutini has been among the high-profile backers of Paisley's bid.

Paisley and Perth face nine rivals for UK City of Culture crown

Perth and Paisley will face competition from nine other rival bids aiming to be crowned the UK’s next culture capital.

The derelict  Drummond Arms Hotel in Crieff has links to the Jacobite uprising with hopes it can be brought back into use.

Bonnie Prince Charlie hotel to be revived

A HOTEL where Bonnie Prince Charlie ate, drank and held his last Council of War before his inglorious defeat at Culloden is to be brought back to use after lying derelict for several years.

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Officers were called to the Dunnock Park area of Perth. Picture: Google

Sudden death of Perth man treated as ‘unexplained’

The sudden death of a man in Perth is being treated as “unexplained”.

Elaine Bone, director of event management firm Brightstar Scotland, which has opened an office at Gleneagles Station

Alastair Dalton: All change for the better at Scotland’s most historic stations

They used to be thriving community hubs, even with only relatively few trains a day.

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James I of Scotland was murdered in Perth in 1437. A project has now been launched to recreate his final resting place at the town's lost Charterhouse. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

Search for lost Scots royal tomb begins in Perth

His death was brutal even by the standards of the House of Stewart, a royal dynasty no stranger to untimely demises.

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How Andy Murray triumphed against the odds

Andy Murray may have achieved the status of World No 1 tennis player but it hasn’t been an easy road to success.

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Margaret Bayne with the Kenyan family she helped. Picture: Contributed

Gran builds a house with tablet for homeless Kenyan family

A SCOTS granny has come to the rescue of a Kenyan family who had been squatting on a beach for five years by raising cash to build a house - by selling homemade tablet.

Stagecoach is pulling out of the New York sightseeing bus business. Picture: Songquan Deng

Stagecoach sells stake in New York tour bus venture

Transport operator Stagecoach has offloaded its stake in a US joint venture that operates sightseeing bus services in New York City.

SSE said it faced 'challenges' as it revealed a fresh drop in customer numbers. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

SSE loses 50,000 customers to rival power suppliers

SSE has seen 50,000 customers desert it in favour of rival energy suppliers as the Perth-based group flagged a “volatile” energy market.

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Which Scottish shares made the biggest gains this month?

Find out which Scottish companies were the best performers on the stock market this month.

Jeremy Clarkson addressed the audience of The Grand Tour and invoked Braveheart. Picture: Amazon Prime/Grand Tour

Jeremy Clarkson invokes Braveheart in defence of A9 speeders

Jeremy Clarkson has taken a pop at the A9 average speed cameras by telling a Scottish audience on his new motoring show: ”You can take our licences but you cannot take our freedom”.

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Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan playing Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser in the  TV series Outlanders. Archaeologist plant to unearth the "real Outlander" and examind the changes to the Highland landscape caused by the Jacobite Uprisings and Highland Clearances. PIC Contributed.

Archaeologists to map “the real Outlander” effect on the Highlands

Archaeologists are to map the radical changes to Scotland’s landscape during the 18th Century and examine “the real Outlander” effect on the Highlands.

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Perth and Kinross Council will hold the case today. Picture: TSPL

Council tax battle ‘test case’ for Scotland

A woman who claims her home is unlivable in due to on-going renovation work is appealing against paying council tax today in a case which could set a legal precedent for property owners across Scotland.

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The monument to Maggie Wall near Dunning in Perthshire. PIC Marc Curran/Creative Commons.

The mysterious monument to a witch called Maggie Wall

It appears out of the low lying mists of the Perthshire countryside, an eerie monument said to mark the spot where witch Maggie Wall was burnt alive in 1657.

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