Jake Reid, a primary four pupil at Auchtergaven Primary School near Forgandenny, is celebrating being the first winner of the recent Name the Cateran competition run by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT).
The Trust challenged school children of Perthshire and Angus to name a series of new, hand carved Cateran way-markers recently placed at various points along the Cateran Trail – Scotland’s first circular long distance (64 mile) walking route through East Perthshire and Angus.
Named after notorious cattle thieves who raided the area from the Middle Ages until the 17th century, the Trail features stunning views across Strathardle and Glen Isla, some of the area’s best kept secrets.
Jake’s entry, Magoragin, caught the judges imagination when he went on to describe how this particular Cateran was obsessed with black magic and evil spells, making best use of his supernatural powers to steal the herds of cattle during the witching hour.
Jake received a “mini” version of the hand carved Cateran for display at his school and a certificate. Magoragin, who is used as a way marker for walkers on the Trail, is adjusting well to his new location.
Paul McLennan, PKCT manager commented: “Jake is the first of our deserving winners. We were bowled over by the tremendous efforts of Perthshire and Angus school children to come up with names and stories that are captivating and imaginative. His entry was very impressive and Auchtergaven Primary School should be proud of his achievement.”
Magoragin is one of a series of hand-carved markers found along the Trail.