FOSSOWAY, Perthshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"FOSSOWAY, (and Tulliebole), a parish in the district of Eastern Perth, counties of Kinross and Perth, Scotland, 3 miles S.W. of Kinross, containing the villages of Crook-of-Devon and Gartwhinean, and the post villages of Fossoway and Blairingone. It has Dunning on the N., Orwell and Kinross on the E., Cleish and Saline on the S., and county of Clackmannan on the W. Its length is 15 miles, and its breadth 3 miles. The surface contains a considerable proportion of upland and pasture, and includes part of the Ochill and Cleish hills. The rivers Devon and Gairney, and several smaller streams, effect the drainage; the former has a fine fall at Caldron Linn. This parish is in the presbytery of Auchterarder, and synod of Perth and Stirling. The minister has a stipend of £164. The church was built in 1806. There are a Free church and a chapel-of-ease here, a parish school and three others. Fossoway and Tulliebole were incorporated as one parish in the year 1614, up to which period they were included in the diocese of Dunblane. Tulliebole Castle, of Sir J. W. Moncrieff, Bart., is a fortalice of great strength, built in 1608. Aldie Castle was erected at the commencement of the 16th century; within its grounds are the Carleith round-tower, within which human remains were excavated some years ago, This parish anciently belonged, with the neighbouring district, to the Murray family of Tullibardine, whose mansion stood on a spot now called Palacebrae. Between Pitvar and Gartwhinean is the Monk's Grave. A small pool, called the "Trooper's Dubb," marks the grave of a royal trooper who died from the effects of a drinking match. The Devil's Mill and the Rumbling Bridge on the river Devon are objects of attraction; and the Reformation Clog is preserved at the manse."

"ALDIE, a hamlet in the parish of Fossoway and Tulliebole, in the county of Perth, Scotland, 2 miles S.E. of the Crook of Devon. Aldie Castle, once the family seat of the Mercers of Meiklour, is now in ruins. The barony originally belonged to the Earls of Tullibardine, and is now the property of Baroness Keith of Aldie."

"BLAIRNGONE, a village in the parish of Fossoway and Tulliebole, in the county of Perth, Scotland, 8 miles to the N.E. of Clackmannan. It is a burgh of barony. The Murrays had a seat here."

"CROOK-OF-DEVON, a hamlet in the parish of Fossoway, in the counties of Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 5 miles W. of Kinross. The village comprises eight houses, situated at the bend of the river Devon."

"EASTER GARTWHINEAN, (and Wester Gartwhinean) villages in the parish of Fossoway, county Perth, Scotland, 7 miles N.E. of Clackmanning."

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

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