PETER DUN 1833-1882

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Peter Dun (8 July 1833 -16 February 1882)

He was, for a time, Station Master for the Forth and Clyde Junction Railway at Port of Monteith. Leaving there in January 1872 he became a coal merchant. Whilst Station Master, a post he seems to have joined about 1856, he published in 1866 “Summer at the Lake of Monteith” which must have been reasonably popular as it ran to two editions.
On his retiral from the station there was a supper and presentation the scale of which gives an indication of the character of the man.

In October 1879 he again began to elaborate on the theme of local traditions and history in four series of articles for the Stirling Observer which ran until August 1881

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Up and Down in the Lennox

 

Summer at the Lake of Monteith 12.25 MB Balfron Churchyard inscriptions size 1.16 MB

 

The articles seemed to have been popular: from Stirling Observer 14 February 1880

"Up And Down in the Lennox."—We have received from many quarters communications assuring us of the interest with which the articles in the Observer under this title have been read, and we are glad to learn they have been so much appreciated. We have to state that the first series of articles is now completed, and we have pleasure in announcing that we have arranged with the author for another series, in which he will extend his investigations to the Balfron, Drymen, Strath­ endrick and other districts of Stirlingshire, with, we are confident, equally satisfactory results. Frequent applications for back numbers of the Observer containing "Up and Down in the Lennox," have been made, and it is seldom we have been able to meet the demand, but we shall be happy to receive the names of new subscribers for the issues in which the second series of articles are to appear, although the most convenient way for all parties is to take the paper regularly. We may add that the circulation of the Observer (Thursday edition) is largely and steadily increasing, while that of the Saturday Observer will compare favourably with any penny newspaper circulating in the counties of Stirling and Perth. As the readers of the two issues form separate constituencies, so to speak, advertisers may count upon their announcements coming under the notice of the great majority of families in the district.

 

His obituary appeared on Saturday 25 February 1882;

THE LATE MR PETER DUN. —In our obituary of to-day will be noticed the name of Mr Peter Dun, who, under the nom de plume of " Cavalier," contributed to this paper a lengthened series of well- written and able historical articles, entitled " Up and Down in the Lennox." Mr Dun was second son of the late Mr Andrew Dun of Kepdowrie, near Buchlyvie. After receiving the ordinary education supplied by the country school, at an early age he went to Glasgow, and for a short time followed the occupation of a grocer, but this employment not being congenial, he returned to his father's house, and on the completion of the Forth and Clyde Railway he was appointed stationmaster at Port of Monteith. Here he was not overburdened with work, and with a decided literary turn of mind, he betook himself to sketching the scenery of a district of unsurpassed loveliness, and gathering the floating traditions lingering around the ruins of Inchmahome. These sketches appeared originally in the Observer, and were afterwards collected into a volume, pub­lished in 1866, and entitled "A Summer at the Lake of Monteith." This literary venture is well des­cribed as "an interesting one to those who may never have the good fortune to visit the charming Lake of Monteith, while to all who do so, and who really desire to look upon it with an intelligent eye, it must be indispensable." Mr Dun, by his genial manners and obliging disposition as stationmaster, won many friends, and, doubtless thinking to better his position, he resigned his appointment on the rail­way, becoming coal and manure merchant, first at Aroprior, and latterly at Stirling, till some years ago failing health obliged him to abandon business altogether. Mr Dun, was descended of a long-lived race, one of his ancestors (the " auld guidman of Kepdowrie ") living to the extraordinary but well- authenticated age of 111, while his grandfather (the ''auld laird ") died at the ripe age of 88. The subject of this notice has passed away at the com­paratively early age of .50, leaving a widow and, eight children, some of whom are of tender years, to mourn his loss. On Monday, Mr Dun's remains were interred in the Stirling Cemetery.