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MEIGLE, Perthshire

"MEIGLE, a parish in the district of Perth-Eastern, county Perth, Scotland. It contains a village of its own name, and is bounded by the county of Forfar, and by the parishes of Cupar-Angus and Alyth. It is about 6½ miles in length, with a breadth varying from 1 mile to 2½ miles. The surface is moderately even, with a few gentle eminences. The soil is principally of a rich dark-coloured loam, and the land in an excellent state of cultivation. The village, which lies 5 miles N.E. of Cupar-Angus and 1 mile N. of the junction station on the Scottish Midland railway, is situated on Meigle Water, near the confluence of the rivers Isla and Dean. It formerly belonged to Cupar Abbey, and was a seat of the bishops of Dunkeld. There was a market on Wednesday, which is now discontinued. Red sandstone is quarried. This parish is the seat of a presbytery in the synod of Angus and Mearns, and in the patronage of the crown. The minister has a stipend of £237. The parish church was erected about 1780, and contains two aisles of the old church. In the churchyard are some ancient and curious sculptured stones, said to commemorate Vanoria, or Guenever, the faithless wife of King Arthur, but the inscriptions are so defaced that they are not legible. There are also a Free church, an Episcopalian chapel, and a parochial school. There are several residences in the parish, among which may be mentioned Belmont Castle, the seat of Lord Wharncliffe, of modern construction, with a tower of more ancient date. In its grounds, which are extensive and well wooded, is a tumulus called "Belliduff." where, according to tradition, Macbeth fell in his fatal encounter with Macduff. At some distance from this spot is a huge block of granite 20 tons in weight, which bears the name of Macbeth's Stone. Annual fairs for cattle and horses are held on the last Wednesday in June and October."

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

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