This page provides you with an overview of the History of MacRosty Park. We hope that when you have looked through our brief guide, you will be interested in learning more about the people, plants, trees and buildings that make MacRosty Park so special.
James MacRosty 1824 – 1906
MacRosty Park was gifted to Crieff by James MacRosty in 1902. He was elected Chief Magistrate of his native town three times between 1867 and 1878.
In 1906 the Bandstand was gifted by his brother Alexander MacRosty.
Lilias MacRosty (daughter of James) gifted the Teahouse in 1908. It was dismantled in 1971. Today, a beautiful tea themed garden is found on the footprint of the old Teahouse, this is actively and lovingly maintained by a dedicated Friend of MacRosty Park.
In 1922 the adjacent Mungall Park was gifted by Provost Mungall.
A large flat recreational area, Mungall Park was popular with locals and visitors enjoying a family picnic or Sunday School outing. The Mungall Park area remains popular for recreation today, football is played, running teams gather, ramblers begin to ramble, and the shelter found at the top of the park is the ideal spot to shelter from the rain.
To celebrate the joining of the two parkland areas a Lattice Bridge was built over the Turret Burn to provide better access. This bridge was removed in 1992 and replaced downstream with a modern bridge, of similar design during the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project.
Crieff Town Council purchased the area to be known as Recreation Park, and the tennis courts and pavilion were opened in 1925.
Today, you can visit Pavilion for a cuppa or food, and although the tennis courts are gone they have been replaced by a spectacular play area, with unique water play feature.
Taylor Park, previously the field by the old mills, was gifted by Councillor Taylor in 1938.