Castle was a fort of the Faith
SCOTTISH Catholics arc discusL./sing the announcement that Stobhall Castle and estate, on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire, is to be put up for sale.
For, in the historic castle. an ingenious plan was devised to serve and hold together the Catholic remnant after the Reformation.
The castle was the seat of the powerful Drummond fa rn i I y before they built Drummond Castle. near Perth, and the Drummond of 1687— James. Earl of Perth and Chancellor of Scotland—was a post-Reformation convert.
Looking round the country at the spiritual wreckage left by Knox and his followers, Sir James noticed that a number of the old Scottish chiefs and lairds had remained true to the religion of their ancestors.
With many of these he stationed a priest. who took charge of the surrounding districts. And, if their hosts had not the means to support the priests. the Chancellor provided the money for this, too.
Held the fort
Although the Earl of Perth went into exile with King James II. the Stobhall mission carried on, and the "surrounding district" served from the castle included Fife and Kinross, Angus and the northern part of Perthshire.
So. for a time. the Stobhall centre held the fort for the prescribed Faith from Loch Tay side to Glasgow, and from the North Sea to the Atlantic.
The mission was given up in 1827 when Perth city, with its growing Catholic population, became the residence of the priest in charge, who was able to build the Church of St. John the Baptist.