In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Collace like this:
Collace, a village and a parish of Gowrie district, E Perthshire. The village stands 4 miles S by E of Woodside station, and 8 NE of its post-town Perth; it consists of two parts, called Collace and Kirkton of Collace, the latter ¾ mile SW of the former.
The parish, containing also the village of Kinrossie, is bounded NW and NE by Cargill, E by Abernyte, SE by Kinnaird and the Bandirron section of Caputh in Forfarshire (detached), and SW by St Martins. Its greatest length from E to W is 3¼ miles; its greatest breadth from N to S is 25/8 miles; and its area is 2933 acres, of which 6 are water. ...
The surface, flattish in the N and W, has a general east-south-eastward rise, attaining 383 feet above sea-level near Milnton, 440 near Saucher, 532 near Balmalcolm, 1012 on Dunsinane Hill, and 1182 on Black Hill, of which the two last culminate close to the Abernyte border and belong to the Sidlaw range. Excellent sandstone is plentiful; and the northern district, with its light black loamy soil, is in a state of the highest cultivation, whilst the south-eastern is variously hill-pasture and upland heath. A fifth or rather more of the area is under wood. Dunsinane Hill and Dunsinane House, the two chief features of the parish, are separately noticed; to the owner of the latter the entire parish belongs. Collace is in the presbytery of Perth and synod of Perth and Stirling; the living is worth £219. The parish church (1813; 410 sittings) is a neat Gothic edifice, with a square tower. There is also a Free church; and a public school, with accommodation for 130 children, had (1880) an average attendance of 75, and a grant of £64,5s. Valuation (1881) £3739,19s. 11d. Pop. (1801) 562, (1831) 738, (1861) 534, (1871) 456, (1881) 409.Ord. Sur., sh. 48,1868.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Collace, in Perth and Kinross and Perthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th November 2015
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