CARGILL’S LEAP


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.

Cargill's Leap - completed work  

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.

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