|Scottish Gaelic: Obar Ruadhainn|
Aberuthven church and cemetery
Aberuthven shown within Perth and Kinross
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||Perth and Kinross|
|Lieutenancy area||Perth and Kinross|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ochil and South Perthshire|
Aberuthven[pronunciation?] (Gaelic: Obar Ruadhainn) is a small village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north-east of Auchterarder and 20 kilometres (12 mi) south-west of Perth at the A9 and A824 roads which has been bypassed along with Auchterarder since 1983. The village is centred on the village hall. The village has changed over the years almost doubling in size and population.
The former parish church stands in a graveyard a little beyond the west end of the village (see photo). It was dedicated to St Cattán, suggesting a possible early Christian origin. The roofless church is built of sandstone rubble, and may date from the 13th century. Two lancet windows with monolithic heads in the east gable, and an aumbry (partially buried by a rise in ground level) in the north wall are the only surviving medieval architectural features. The west gable is crowned by a bellcote added in the 1720s. The west end of the building is taken up by two burial aisles (interiors inaccessible), while the neoclassical Montrose Mausoleum (1736-38), now free-standing, but originally forming a "laird's aisle", abuts it on the south side. There are a number of 18th-century and later gravestones in the churchyard.
Gifford, J 2007 The Buildings of Scotland: Perth and Kinross, Yale UP, 147-8.
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