What was purpose of this token?

TOKEN: A snap-shot of the token alongside a five-pence piece.
TOKEN: A snap-shot of the token alongside a five-pence piece.

A LOCAL historian is hoping readers can help him in his quest for information relating to a small silver token he recently acquired.

David Orr, the current chairman of Kirriemuir Heritage Trust, acquired the token, with the “Window in Thrums” on it, courtesy of the internet.

Mr Orr explains that the only info he has on it to date is that it may have ben a lucky mascot for a bracelet - but can you help?

He is also keen to hear from readers any stories they have on a local businessman Alex McPherson, who was referred to by James Scott Skinner (1843 to 1927) as “The Laird o Thrums.”

“Skinner - a major figure in the development of Scottish traditional music - was a great friend of Alex McPherson (who passed away in 1910) and wrote to him as “The Laird of Thrums” at James Street,” explains Mr Orr.

“Skinner wrote two tunes for Alex, called The Laird of Thrums and The Kirrie Kebbuc.

“I wondered if any readers had any memories or stories of The Laird o Thrums.”