Old Photograph King Edward VII Railway Station Blairgowrie Perthshire Scotland

Old photograph of the King Edward VII visit on September 1908 at the Railway Station in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was related to royalty throughout Europe. Before his accession to the throne, he served as heir apparent and held the title of Prince of Wales for longer than any of his predecessors. He travelled throughout Britain performing ceremonial public duties and represented Britain on visits abroad. His tours of North America in 1860 and the Indian subcontinent in 1875 were popular successes, but his reputation as a playboy prince soured his relationship with his mother. The original railway line from Dundee to Newtyle was intended to go to Forfar and Blairgowrie. However it wasn't until the 1st of August 1855 that the railway reached Blairgowrie with the opening of the Coupar Angus to Blairgowrie branch line. It was busy with both passengers and the transportation of goods as Blairgowrie and Rattray was an industrial and agricultural town from then until the mid 1900s. The passenger service was withdrawn on 8th January 1955. The goods service final closure was on 6 December 1965.

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