Aberuthven church and cemetery
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Aberuthven (//; 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. It was dedicated to St Cattán, and is of early Christian origin, said to be one of the earliest ecclesiastical foundations in Scotland. It originally fell under the control of Inchaffray Abbey.
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.
The chapel was in use until 1673
There are a number of 17th and 18th-century gravestones in the churchyard.
The mausoleum contains James Graham, 1st Duke of Montrose.
Gifford, J 2007 The Buildings of Scotland: Perth and Kinross, Yale UP, 147-8.
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