A house owned by the creator of cartoon rascal Oor Wullie is up for sale in Perthshire. And it’s a far cry from the modest home portrayed in the famous Sunday Post comic strip.
The five-bedroom, 3 public room Georgian house in Blairgowrie was home to Oor Wullie creator Robert Low for more than 30 years. Low, formerly managing editor of children’s publications with Sunday Post publisher D.C. Thomson, was inspired to create the cartoon after watching the antics of his son and his friends. Artist Dudley Watkins then brought to life a set of characters still popular eight decades on.
Oor Wullie’s 80th birthday celebrations this year include Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, a huge public art celebration involving 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie. The Trail was launched in Dundee and has been touring Scottish cities this summer, with sculptures appearing at various landmarks to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. The public is being asked to locate the sculptures, each of which is painted by an artist and sponsored by a business.
Low’s spacious former home, known then as Tulach House, is for sale for offers over £475,000. Now called Hillbank House, it still retains the period features he and his wife Irene enjoyed while living there in the 1950s to 1980s, with open fireplaces, fine cornicing, working shutters and etched glass doors.
Included in the sale, marketed by Clyde Property, is a set of outbuildings such as a former coach house turned garage, and a log store.
Gary Robertson, area director with Clyde Property, said:
“It’s a far cry from Wullie’s home in the fictional Auchenshoogle, but you can’t help thinking Robert Low’s cartoon ‘son’ would have loved it. There are extensive gardens, outbuildings, a tree house and a cellar – plenty for Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Souter and Wee Eck to have enjoyed and got up to mischief in.”
In an added twist, Gary Robertson’s wife Alison Robertson is one of Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail artists. She designed Oor Wullie Noo, a sculpture in Broughty Ferry sponsored by Balhousie Care Group which depicts the loveable rogue as an old man of 80.
For the full property listing visit www.clydeproperty.co.uk
To find out more about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com