The Gartlet was the birth place of Mary Erskine, 1629 - 1707, a pioneer of education for girls.

A successful private banker in Edinburgh, she contributed to the setting up of the Merchant Maiden Hospital in 1644 to which she also bequeathed 10,000 SCOTS Merks.

The hospital became a day school for girls in 1869 and later became the Mary Erskine School in 1944. 


The house was demolished c1965. Both pictures were taken during a site survey in 2006 before total demolition occurred to make way for the Clackmannanshire Bridge link road.








Kennetpans is just visible in the background. 

Experts Comments

“The historical significance of Kennetpans to the history of distilling, even if little appreciated, can hardly be over-stated. This is the crucible in which the modern Scotch whisky industry was formed.”

Ian Buxton
Whisky Writer
Keeper of the Quaich
Ex Group Marketing Director for Glenmorangie