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Tarf Water

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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Tarf Water, a dark, troutful stream of Blair Athole parish, N Perthshire, rising close to the Inverness-shire border at an altitude of 2692 feet, and running 11¼ miles east-by-southward along a wild rocky glen, till, after a total descent of 1200 feet, it unites with a lesser stream to form the Tilt. About 15 yards above the meeting of the waters was a deep and dangerous ford, Poll Tarff, whose passage by the Queen, on 9 Oct. 1861, forms the subject of a well-known picture by Carl Haag, and which now is spanned by the Bedford Memorial Bridge (1885).

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