Coupar Angus

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Coupar Angus
Scottish Gaelic: Cùbar Aonghais
Coupar Angus is located in Perth and Kinross
Coupar Angus
Coupar Angus
 Coupar Angus shown within Perth and Kinross
Population 1,755 [1] (2001 census)
OS grid reference NO222401
   – Edinburgh 41 mi (66 km)  
Council area Perth and Kinross
Lieutenancy area Perth and Kinross
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BLAIRGOWRIE
Postcode district PH13
Dialling code 01828
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Perth and North Perthshire
Scottish Parliament Perthshire North
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°32′49″N 3°16′01″W / 56.547°N 3.267°W / 56.547; -3.267

Coupar Angus /ˈkʊ.pərˈæŋ.əs/ (Gaelic: Cùbar Aonghais) is a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, situated four miles south of Blairgowrie.

The name Coupar Angus serves to differentiate the town from Cupar, Fife. The town was transferred from the county of Angus to Perthshire in 1891, but retained its traditional name.

It is located on the A94 Perth-Forfar road, although the town centre itself is now bypassed.

History[edit]

Sites[edit]

Clock Tower - The Steeple[edit]

Clock tower in Coupar Angus.
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Coupar Angus Abbey[edit]

Main article: Coupar Angus Abbey

In the Middle Ages it was the site of the major Cistercian abbey of Coupar Angus, one of Scotland's most important monasteries, founded by Malcolm IV (1153–65) in the 1160s. Of the abbey, only architectural fragments, preserved in the 19th-century parish church (which is probably on the site of the monastic church), or built into houses and walls throughout the town, survive, along with part of one of its gatehouses.

Historical Maps[edit]

National Library of Scotland[edit]

The National Library of Scotland provides access to several historical maps that make reference to Coupar Angus. [1]

World War II[edit]

Polish Forces[edit]

Several Polish units were stationed in and around Coupar Angus from 1939 to 1945. [5]

Animals[edit]

Scottish Fold[edit]

Sport[edit]

Notable People[edit]

Sport[edit]

  • Coupar Angus is the birthplace of Jock Sutherland, coach for the Pittsburg Steelers 1946–1947.
  • Coupar Angus is the birthplace of Alan Gilzean, who is a former professional footballer from the 1960s and 1970s and played for Scottish club Dundee, national side Scotland and English club Tottenham Hotspur.

Science[edit]

Astronomy[edit]

  • John Robertson, born in 1830 at Struan, was a railway porter residing in Causewayend. He was an amateur astronomer and contributed to several national journals on the subject.

Emigrants[edit]

  • William Nairne Clark, one of the two protagonists that fought the last recorded Regulation duel with flintlock pistols in Western Australia, was born in Coupar Angus in 1804. Clark and his opponent, George French Johnson, faced each other in Fremantle, Western Australia, on the morning of Friday 6 June 1832. Johnson was fatally wounded in the hip in the encounter. Clark was subsequently charged with, and acquitted of, Johnson's murder. Clark, who had trained as a lawyer,emigrated to Western Australia on the convict ship 'Eliza' in 1830. He initially practised as a lawyer before founding 'The West Australian Journal' newspaper in 1836.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Coupar Angus Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2010-10-14.