Strathearn  Perthshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Strathearn like this:

Strathearn, the basin of the river Earn and its tributaries, in Perthshire. It extends about 32 miles from W to E, and has a mean breadth, including its flanking heights, of 6 to 8 miles. Commencing on the E border of Balquhidder parish, at the head of Loch Earn, it is grandly Highland around that lake and for the first 8 miles of the river; expands into brilliant strath in the western vicinity of Crieff; and thence, in opulence of lowland beauty, proceeds into mergence with Strathtay at the mouth of the Earn. ...

It forms, as a whole, one of the most exquisite tracts of country in Scotland, replete with every element of beauty, and exhibiting almost perfect specimens of very various styles of -scenery. Forming with Monteith the ancient province of Fortrenn, Strathearn was the seat of an ancient Celtic earldom, whose first Earl, Malise, was a witness to the foundation charter of Scone (1115). It formed a stewartry, in the hands of the Earls of Perth, till the abolition of the heritable jurisdictions in 1748; and it gave the title of Duke, in the peerage of Scotland, to His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, father of Queen Victoria.

Strathearn through time

Strathearn is now part of Perth and Kinross district. Click here for graphs and data of how Perth and Kinross has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Strathearn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Strathearn, in Perth and Kinross and Perthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th May 2024

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