The River Ericht near Blairgowrie on a November day, best known for its narrow waterfall across which a Covenanting minister, Donald Cargill, leapt to escape arrest from pursuing soldiers (not much later he was caught and executed).
|Cargill’s Leap is a narrow waterfall on the River Ericht at Blairgowrie. In higher water the force of the current funnelled through the narrow gap is so great that fish cannot swim through.|
Red squirrels leap from tree to tree
denying laws of gravity
in a joyful death-defying game
while a heron watches still and tall
from the pool below the waterfall
where Donald Cargill left his name
in a leap that might have set him free.