Scone Palace uncovers photographs of Perth Racecourse from 1908

3 July 2018

As Perth racecourse prepares for its next day of top-class racing, jumps and Pimm's this week, Scone Palace has uncovered some photographs of a race meeting on the same track dating back to nearly 110 years ago.

As Perth racecourse prepares for its next day of top-class racing, jumps and Pimm's this week, Scone Palace has uncovered some photographs of a race meeting on the same track dating back to nearly 110 years ago.

The photographs, which were printed in the September 30, 1908 edition of a publication calledThe World - A Journal for Men and Women, feature some of the local Scottish gentry visiting the Perthshire race course, which is located on Scone Estates, to enjoy a day of horse racing fixtures, a ‘flutter' and socialising. The racecourse we see today is the same one which opened, along with the main grandstand, that same year in 1908 after the races took place previously on the North Inch in Perth.

Local race goers featured in the photographs include the Earl of Kinnoull, Colonel Malcolm Drummond of Megginch, the Earl of Leven and Melville, the Earl of Rothes and Lady Moncreiffe.   

Lady Mansfield of Scone Palace commented:

"While in 2018, the visiting racing enthusiasts travel from further afield, the venue itself, on the Scone Estates, is remarkably similar to the 1908 version. The races are still as atmospheric, fun, competitive and sociable as they were over a century ago. It is wonderful to see how Perth Racecourse and its popular days out endure and continue to reach new audiences from across Scotland and beyond."