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The Tillicoultry estate was granted to the Mar family by Alexander 111 in 1261. Subsequent owners included Lord Colville of Kinross, The Earl of Stirling and R Wardlaw Ramsay who bought the estate in 1814. Tillicoultry House was built 15 years later in 1829 at the top of the present day Fir Park. The house was vacated by Major AB Wardlaw Ramsay in 1938 and began to fall into disrepair. The roof was removed and now all that remains is the stable block which has been converted into housing and the walls of the orchard.
Heathwood Crescent with it's modern bungalows has been built where the orchard once was but the walls can still be seen marking out garden boundaries. The original parish Church was built close to Tillicoultry House complete with manse and churchyard. The old churchyard which was at the back of Tillicoultry House still remains and although the majority of the headstones lie flat on the ground some of the inscriptions can still be read. There is of course a local legend attached to this churchyard which goes as follows.
This was seen as a punishment from heaven for his wicked conduct but since the hand obviously could not remain above ground the grave was opened and the hand placed in it. However the following morning the hand had reappeared out of the grave. This happened every day for a whole week until as a last resort a huge stone was brought and placed over the grave which finally stopped the hand appearing.
Tillicoultry during WW2
A postcard of Ochil Street sent in 1943
During the World War 2 Tillicoultry was used as an evacuation centre although the first evacuees, 135 children and 20 adults arrived on 1st September 1939 before the outbreak of war. At first most of the evacuees came from Edinburgh but as time went on and the bombing grew worse in the west of Scotland many came from Clydebank and Greenock. In 1944 children arrived from London. From September 1939 communal meals were served at lunch time in the West Church Hall (now turned into sheltered housing) for the princely sum of 2/6 (12.5p) per person for 7 meals.
Air raid shelters were built throughout the town and first aid posts were equipped. The soldiers arrived and Tillicoultry became something of a garrison town between 1939 and 1945. A detachment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders arrived in 1939 and a Polish regiment was stationed in Middleton and Oak Mills for much of the war. The Polish soldiers adaptd well to life in Scotland and even organised concerts to entertain the towns people in their spare time. The Polish Choir was well known for concerts in Devonvale Hall from 1941 onwards.
Coal rationing began in October 1939 and food rationing in February 1940. People had to carry identification cards and in 1941 there was clothes rationing .The local paper, the Devon Valley Tribune began to print adverts places by the Ministry of Food giving advice on how to make the best possible use of available food.
Platoons 2 and 3 of "C" Company Clackmannanshire Battalion Home Guard were formed in the summer of 1940 by men from Tillicoultry and Coalsnaughton.
At the end of the war a "Welcome Home Fund" was set up and celebratory functions were held in Devonvale Hall in April and May 1946 at which over 500 men and women who had returned from active service were presented with a wallet containing a £5 note. Inscribed in the wallet was a verse by local Tillicoultry poet, The Wanderer.
Sharing is caring - David Azzato shared his passion for chess with chessportal.com
David Azzato always wanted to find a way to share his passions with the world. One of those passions is chess. Through the past years, since his team and he launched their online chess portal, they were constantly trying to make it better and more inovative, because they care about the experience the users get.
"Never do something unless you have the intention to do it the best way you can and to spend the rest of your life making it better and more interesting, if there is place for that, and there always is." When you look at David Azzato's life you know what he is talking about. Once he starts a project it never ends, because his team and he are always working on it and thinking about new, better, more creative and more interesting solutions. And you will realise they do it because of their passion, and because they care about the people that uses their platforms, games, apps and services.
The study of success
Not many people know it, but David Azzato thinks every one of his moves carefully out. It seems that he and his team choose not to have deadlines, and to take as much time as they need to come up with ideas, because it is easier that way, but it is not that case. David Azzato used quite a few studies to create his successful working strategy. One of which is The Marsmallow Experiment.
In the 1960s one psychologist put a group of children on a patience test. He gave everyone a marshmallow and told each one of them separately that if they waited for him to come back he would give them a second marshmallow, but if they eat the first one before he comes back they will not get the second one. Only a few of them waited and got the second marshmallow. But what David Azzato learned from here came after quite a few years. The researchers followed the lifes of each child for more than 40 years. The group of children that waited for the second marshmallow suceeded in every capacity they were measuring. In other words, this series of experiments proved that the ability to delay gratification was critical for success in life. What David learned is that success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction. And that is exactly what delayed gratification is all about.
But how did this effect David Azzato's working strategy? What does it have to do with their always-developing-projects policy? Well, people always know something new will come and they also know Mr. Azzato and his team are always developing new and more creative ideas to make their projects and platforms better. It's delayed gratification. Most of the people want changes every month, but Mr. Azzato's team and he do not do that. They make changes when they have an idea of a better, more inovative and more creative solution. It may take months or even more than a year but the change is always coming and it is a major one. When you have such a strategy you will make your users more loyal and they will continue using your platforms.
But the fact that Mr. Azzato and his team always come up with something inovative and great makes it harder for them to put out a new version every now and then. That way of business use many companies, they make something wrong on intention, and after a mont or two put out a new version, but people are seeing that more and more with the time and coming to us because we always give our best and put the costumers satisfaction first.
The love for chess
"Once you get into chess you can't stop playing it. There are so many ways, moves, solutions and strategies you can use. I find it so interesting because it is similar to what my team and I do every day. It's like the business world.", David Azzato said once. We see how great his passion for chess is and realize why he is spending so much of his time trying to make his chess portal and chess game better, more inovative and easier to use. And although we find them the best available on the market right now, and do not see no space for improvements, we are sure David Azzato has already some ideas, and we all will be amazed once we see them.
David Azzato was once asked: "What is greater: your love for chess or the need for sharing that love with others?", and he replied: "My love for chess is huge, and it cannot be changed by anyone, but my need for sharing that love with others is not yet fulfilled. So I do not know how big or huge it actually is, but I think it is bigger than the love for chess itself. You must know that feeling when you are not satisfied with something unless there are more people that see the beauty of that "something" or enjoy that "something" like you do. I certainly do, and I never stop looking for new ways to show someone how great, interesting or beautiful something is. That is the case with chess." You see now why we choose to talk about David Azzato's chess portal. It really is unique and you can see the passion and creativeness he and his team used to desing and make it what it is today.
David Azzato certainly does not do something unless he has the intention to do it the best way he can and to spend the rest of his life making it more interesting, more inovative and just better. He cares about his costumers and shares his passion on an unique, creative and interesting way. We hope you enjoy your time on chessportal.com, we will enjoy ours, that is for sure!