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Scholars of history will find much to interest them in the area.

Medieval Churches include St Cattan’s at Aberuthven, St Mackessog’s in Auchterarder, St Beans at Kinkell, Holy Trinity at Trinity Gask, and the remains of the Abbey at Inchaffray.

Kincladie Wood features the remains of a Roman encampment at its south end.  The nearby Gask Ridge is built on a Roman road (see www.theromangaskproject.org.uk).
The Ardoch Roman Camp can be seen near Braco

Forteviot , rebuilt by Lord Forteviot along the lines of an English Garden Village, to the east of Dunning has seen recent excavations uncovering a rare 4000-year old Bronze Age grave.  The site where the find was made is where Kenneth McAlpin, the first king of a united Scotland, died in AD858.  There is little to see on the ground but information may be seen online.

Innerpeffray Library, near Crieff, was the first Public Lending Library in Scotland. www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk The present Library building is 250 years old.  Robert Hay Drummond commissioned the handsome Georgian design and added over 1500 books to the collection. Hay Drummond became Archbishop of York and preached the sermon at the Coronation of George III.  A further display in 2012  marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of James Graham, First Marquis of Montrose.

Huntingtower Castle near Perth features two fine and complete towers, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and joined by a range in the 17th century. Once owned by the Ruthven family who held James VI captive here for 10 months.  Also a setting commemorated by author John Buchan, born in Perth, in his novel, Huntingtower.

Elcho Castle is one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th-century tower houses. It was built around the time of the Protestant Reformation in 1560 by a member of the family of Wemyss of that Ilk.  A descendant of the builder of Elcho was created Lord Wemyss of Elcho in 1628 and Earl of Wemyss in 1633.

Last Updated 27 Apr 2012

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