DOWALLY AND DUNKELD, Perthshire

"DOWALLY AND DUNKELD, a parish in the county of Perth, Scotland. It contains a village of its own name, was originally a chapelry of Caputh, was made a separate parish in 1500, and is now united to Dunkeld. It is bounded on the S. by the Tay, and on the other sides by Caputh, Kirkmichael, and Logierait. A detached portion, about three-fourths of a mile long, is situated on the N. bank of the Tummel, and is separated from the main body by Logierait. The main body consists of a strip of low ground along the Tay, backed up by a range of overhanging heights. These heights are pastoral or densely clotted with forest, and abound with deer and other game. The hills of Craigie, Barns, and Craigiebenean are remarkably precipitous and picturesque. A pass between the former of these and a hill called the King's Seat, is called the King's Pass, from deer having been there driven past the Scottish monarchs, who shot at them for their amusement. The road through Dowally to Atholl has been cut along the bottom of the King's Scat, and overhangs the river at a great height. The village of Dowally stands on the Dowally Burn (which issues from the lakes of Rotmel), 4 miles N. by W. of Dunkeld. This parish, although united to Dunkeld, has its own minister, church, and schoolmaster. The minister, who is the assistant of the minister of Dunkeld, officiates both in English and Gaelic, the latter being the language spoken in the district."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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