During the first visit to Scotland of Charles I, he granted a charter dated July 9th 1634 to George Drummond of Blair, creating the Barony of Blairgowrie. This historical Blairgowrie document measures nearly 10 feet in length, 10 inches in width and written throughout in Latin, is preserved in the Register House, Edinburgh. The granting of the charter empowered the Baron to hold courts”for the trial of thieves and other characters disgraceful to Society”. A Barony Court was established, the site according to tradition being in the manse grounds of the parish church. The place of execution was the “Gallows Knowe” – now called Gallowbank, where miscreants who had been condemned at the Barony Court were brought here to be hanged.