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Devil's Mill

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Devil's Mill, a waterfall on the mutual boundary of Perthshire and Kinross-shire, on the river Devon, about 350 yards ENE of Rumbling-Bridge, and 1½ mile WSW of Crook of Devon. The river here, after rushing along a craggy ravine, and passing into a chasm of considerable length but scarcely 6 feet in width, falls over a rock into a deep cavity, where it is tossed round with such great violence as to beat constantly on the rocky sides of the chasm, and cause a clacking noise like that of a mill at work. The waterfall is not seen; but, in ordinary states of the river, when neither too low by draught, nor too high by freshet, the noise is very

Distinctly heard. A common reason given by the country people for the name Devil's Mill is, that the noise continues on all days alike, paying no regard to Sunday; but another reason given is, that the scene and working of the waterfall are indicative of a grinding to destruction. A cavern, called the Pigeon's Cave, is near the waterfall.

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