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Did you know that what are thought of as the world’s first seismologists hailed from Comrie? In the latter part of the 18th century and throughout the 19th village worthies kept records of the frequent tremors experienced there – Comrie sits very close to the Highland Boundary Fault. What is more they established ways of measuring the intensity of the shocks scientifically – they invented and developed the seismometer, and Postmaster Peter Macfarlane devised a scale to record those findings. The listed Earthquake House, a tiny structure built in 1874 for such work, still stands on a hill above the village.

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