Findo Gask

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Coordinates: 56°21′50″N 3°36′58″W / 56.364°N 3.616°W / 56.364; -3.616

Findo Gask
River Earn.jpg
The River Earn in Findo Gask
Findo Gask is located in Perth and Kinross
Findo Gask
Findo Gask
 Findo Gask shown within Perth and Kinross
Council area Perth and Kinross
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PERTH
Postcode district PH7
Dialling code 01796
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Findo Gask is a small village in Perth and Kinross in Scotland, just off the main A9 road. It is in Strathearn, the valley of the River Earn.

There are nearby remains associated with the Roman Road to the south[1] and the Roman Frontier[2] on the Gask Ridge.

The area was associated with the family of Laurence Oliphant[3] and his daughter, the songwriter Lady Nairne, was born there.[4]

During the Second World War, units of the Polish Army were stationed at Findo Gask Airfield (now disused).[5]

The woodlands around Findo Gask are known to be excellent sites for the collection of truffles, particularly black truffles, and truffle hunters can often be observed there during certain seasons.

Derivation[edit]

Gask refers to the nearby Gask Ridge.[6] In Scottish Gaelic, a gasg is a projecting tail or strip of land. The name is shared with other local places including Nether Gask Cottage and Trinity Gask.[7]

Findo is a reference to Fynnoga or Findoca,[8] a saint commemorated in the area. The village was once known as Fyndogask.

In popular culture[edit]

Findo Gask is the name of a demon in Angel Fire East and Armageddon's Children, part of a series of epic fantasy novels by Terry Brooks.

The short story Findo Gask by Elizabeth E. Wein appears in the anthology Concussion published for the 57th British National Science Fiction Convention (April 2006), edited by Bridget Bradshaw, Farah Mendlesohn and Peter Young.

Glasgow, Scotland based electropop band Findo Gask are named after the village.

"On the Origin of Findo Gask" is also a book by David McCreight, about the coming of age of a teenager in the Black Isle of Scotland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Findo Gask". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Roman Frontier on the Gask Ridge". The Roman Gask Project. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Laurence Oliphant of Gask". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Listed Building Report: Findo Gask Parish; Gask House". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Findo Gask Airfield". controltowers.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Gask Ridge". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Trinity Gask". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Chronicles of Strathearn". scotsites.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-21.