"AUCHTERGAVEN, - vulgarly OCHTERGAVEN, - village and parish in Strathtay district, Perthshire. The village stands about 3 miles north-west of Stanley railway station, and about 9 north-north-west of Perth, and is a straggling place. The parish contains also the post office village of Bankfoot, the villages of Cairneyhill and Waterloo, and most of the post office village of Stanley. Its length is 10 miles; its mean breadth is 3 miles; and its area is 12,941 acres. Real property in 1880-81, £15,048. Pop. 2195. The surface rises from the Tay, up Strathardie, to the summit of a low range of the Grampians, and consists chiefly of swelling knolls and sloping ridges. The seats are Stanley House, Airleywight, and Tullybelton. The poet Nicol was a native, and sang the beauties of the landscape in his 'Bonnie Ordie Braes.' The churches are the parochial, with nearly 1200 sittings, 2 Free, and a United Presbyterian. There are 2 public schools for 5050 scholars, and one of them and an enlargement for 450 are new."
Wilson, Rev. John, The Gazetteer of Scotland, 1882.