Coupar Angus

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Coupar Angus
Coupar Angus is located in Perth and Kinross
Coupar Angus
Coupar Angus
Location within Perth and Kinross
Population2,262 [1] (2011 census)
OS grid referenceNO222401
• Edinburgh41 mi (66 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPH13
Dialling code01828
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°32′49″N 3°16′01″W / 56.547°N 3.267°W / 56.547; -3.267Coordinates: 56°32′49″N 3°16′01″W / 56.547°N 3.267°W / 56.547; -3.267

Coupar Angus (/ˈkʊpər/ (About this soundlisten); Gaelic: Cùbar Aonghais) is a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 4 miles (6 kilometres) south of Blairgowrie.

The name Coupar Angus serves to differentiate the town from Cupar, Fife. The town was traditionally on the border between Angus and Perthshire, the town centre being in Perthshire. The Angus part was transferred to Perthshire in 1891, but the town retained its name.

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



Clock Tower - The Steeple[edit]

Clock tower in Coupar Angus.
Photo:James Allen

The 6 storey Tolbooth was built in 1762, funded by public subscription.[2]

Coupar Angus Abbey[edit]

In the Middle Ages the Cistercian Coupar Angus Abbey was 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.[3]

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.[4]


Scottish Fold[edit]


Notable people[edit]


  • Coupar Angus is the birthplace of Jock Sutherland, coach for the Pittsburgh 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.



  • 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.


  • William Nairne Clark, one of the two protagonists that fought the first recorded duel 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 manslaughter. 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 Swan River Guardian newspaper in 1836.[5]


  1. ^ "Comparative Population Profile: Coupar Angus Locality". Scotland's Census Results Online. 29 April 2001. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Coupar Angus, Queen Street, The Steeple". Canmore. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Coupar Angus". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  4. ^ POLONICA IN SCOTLAND: Coupar Angus
  5. ^ Bolton, G.C. (1966). "Clark, William Nairne (1804–1854)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2 November 2018 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.