Friends of Innerpeffray Library

The Friends of Innerpeffray Library is a charity constituted separately from Innerpeffray Library under Scottish Charity No. SC 023545. It was founded in 1993 with CRIS 21975/20.

Christmas Message from FOIL Convenor, Joan Taylor

Dear Friends,

The support given to the Library in 2020 by FOIL members has been remarkable. Many of you renewed membership and donated to the Appeal, this has meant that we have been able to make a significant financial contribution to the Governors for the enhancement and work of the Library. This year FOIL will sponsor the Sir Walter Scott exhibition which opens the Library season in March. We will also supply funds to complete the Stone Circle to help create a valuable asset that will promote educational projects and facilitate outdoor activities. Thank you all for your continuing support. The FOIL committee will ensure that your financial contributions will be used to best purpose at Innerpeffray.

On Sunday 13th December we attempted a ‘live’ launch of an online version of Carols at Innerpeffray, sadly an internet gremlin pixilated the Zoom meeting, caused all sorts of merging and sound imbalance and generally proved that broadband connection in rural Perthshire is not particularly reliable!

I am pleased to report that the Innerpeffray website saw a significant number of FOIL members and other friends from across the world viewing the event. To that end I must thank the readers, Ross, Stephanie, Gillian, Iain , Rosie and Robyn for their contributions as well as the musicians, Michelle Sheridan Grant, her husband Peter and violinist Peter Banks who gave so willingly and generously of their time and talents.

The recording is available until 31st December by clicking here (please be patient while the video loads). Do encourage your friends and neighbours to watch and be inspired.

I must also thank Lara who is so much more than a ‘Keeper of Books’. She has worked incredibly hard this year to keep the Library on the map, always helpful and supportive.

None of us have any certainty of what will happen in 2021 but FOIL will make every effort to provide a programme for our members and continue our support of the Library through our excellent working relationship with the Governors.

I wish all members of FOIL a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Joan Taylor

What we do

FOIL – the Friends of Innerpeffray Library –was founded with the aim of generating funds to be used for the preservation of the fabric of the Library and for the books themselves. It does so by organising an annual programme of events, at the centre of which is a series of monthly talks on a wide variety of topics. The speakers might typically be authors, historians, artists or musicians sharing first-hand experience of their specialist subjects. In addition to the talks FOIL also participates in local activities such as the Drummond Castle Charity Fete and farmers’ markets – raising awareness of the Library as well as funds. FOIL also offers support in many practical ways at Library events and works closely with the Keeper of Books and the Governors for the greater good of Innerpeffray Library.

We are currently updating the membership information. If you have not received our Appeal letter from the Convenor by 10th August, please email or call Lara at the Library and let us know.

How you can help

Become a Friend

For a modest annual subscription you may join the company of like-minded people who are concerned for the on-going welfare of the Library. You will benefit from complimentary entry to the Library at any time during opening hours and will be entitled to attend the majority of our programme of talks at a discounted rate. You will be advised of forthcoming events and will also receive a copy of the newsletter FOIL News that is published each year.

Come to a Meeting

The programme for the current season has been postponed until 2021. We hope that you will understand the need to do this and look forward to welcoming you next year. You are encouraged to support the monthly talks and our other activities to help make this another great year for FOIL and the Library. To book for any FOIL event please click on the Events tab below Shop on the menu above. Instructions for first-time users of the Shop are in a User Guide which may be downloaded here.


It is hoped that it will be possible to resume FOIL talks during 2021. Details will be included here as soon as they are known.

Contact FOIL

Send us an email, addressed to: or send us a message using a contact form that you can get to by clicking here.

The Committee

The current members of the Honorary Committee are:

Officers:Committee Members:
Convenor: Joan TaylorCharles Crookshank
Hon Secretary: Kirsty MacdonaldIain Gilmour
Hon. Treasurer: John MauchlinePamela Haggart 
Shona McLaren
Alison Martin 
Gillian Wade 

You can pay your subscription via the online Shop or send a cheque to Iain Gilmour, Membership Secretary, at the Library of Innerpeffray, Innerpeffray, Crieff, PH7 3RF