Blairgowrie and Rattray (Blàr Ghobharaidh and Raitear in Gaelic, Blairgowrie - likely Scottish Gaelic Blàr Ghobharaidh and Rattray - possibly from an English language cognate of Scottish Gaelic ràth, meaning fortress + a Pictish term cognate with Welsh tref, meaning settlement) is a burgh in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Amongst locals, the town is colloquially known simply as "Blair".
The second largest town in Perth & Kinross this twin burgh lies in the Strathmore valley and straddles the River Ericht, which flows into the River Isla and then the River Tay. Rattray is on the east bank and Blairgowrie is on the west.
The town expanded greatly in the 19th century around the many jute mills on the river. It is the market town for the surrounding area and a centre for holidaymakers. Blairgowrie is well known as a passing point for tourists and ski-ers. The town of Rattray dates back to the mid 11th century.
Much of the expanding population works in the nearby cities of Dundee or Perth. Soft fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are grown locally.
Blairgowrie and Rattray is home to the Scottish Junior Football East Region Premier League
side Blairgowrie F.C.
as well as the Scottish Amateur Football Association
sides Rattray A.F.C
and Balmoral United A.F.C.
which play in the Perthshire Amateur LeagueSkiing
The Glenshee Ski Centre
is some 18 miles to the north on the A93 Braemar
The traditional ball game of Rattray no longer takes place, but the Rattray silver ball which was the trophy retained by the winners is still in existence. It is believed to have been donated by Sylvester Rattray of Nether Persie who became minister of Rattray in 1591 and continued there until his death in 1623.
The Rattray silver ball is now kept at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
Blairgowrie was the birthplace of:
Blairgowrie is the hometown of:
- Belle Stewart, singer
- Andrew Clark, actor
- Sandy Easton, playwright
- Thomas Mennie, entrepreneur
- Stuart Caldow, musician
- Jimmy Rossa, half brother of early 90s rap sensation MC Hammer
- Lorraine Kelly, presenter
- Jake Findlay goalkeeper [Aston Villa, Luton Town]
Blairgowrie currently has four schools: