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Inchyra is located in Perth and Kinross
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56°22′05″N 3°19′27″W / 56.367926°N 3.324166°W / 56.367926; -3.324166Coordinates: 56°22′05″N 3°19′27″W / 56.367926°N 3.324166°W / 56.367926; -3.324166

Inchyra (/ɪnˈrə/; Scottish Gaelic: An Innis Iarach "the west isle") is a hamlet in the Carse of Gowrie in Scotland. It lies on the northern bank of the River Tay near Perth and is notable particularly for a number of archaeological finds made in the immediate vicinity.


Inchyra lies on the northern bank of the River Tay to the south of the A90. It is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of Perth and 20 kilometres (12 mi) west-south-west of Dundee.[1] It is situated close to St Madoes. It is the only L-shaped village in Scotland.[citation needed] It is surrounded by farmland.


In common with a number of villages in the Carse of Gowrie, Inchyra has the Celtic placename element innis meaning "island".[2] Carses such as the Carse of Gowrie are estuarine landforms that have been uplifted by isostatic rebound following the last glacial period.[3] It is likely that Inchyra was an island in the firth of Tay at the time of its settlement.

Inchyra Stone[edit]

In 1945 a class I Pictish stone was unearthed during ploughing in a field at Inchyra.[4] The stone is inscribed with a variety of Pictish symbols, including a double disc, mirror and comb, two fish and a serpent as well as an Ogham inscription.[5] It is now on display at Perth Museum.

Roman archaeology[edit]

In June 1993, a small hoard of eight Roman Denarii coins were discovered at Inchyra, subsequently being declared as treasure trove and placed in Perth Museum.[6] A Roman brooch with blue enamel inlay has also been found in river silt at Inchyra, again now displayed at Perth Museum.[7]

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  1. ^ "Perth & Alloa", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (B2 ed.), 2007, ISBN 0-319-22997-1
  2. ^ Taylor, Isaac (1864), Words and Places: or etymological illustrations of history ethnology and geography, London: Macmillan and co, p. 373
  3. ^ Ballantyne, Colin K.; Dawson, Alastair G. (1997), "Geomorphology and landscape change", in Edwards, Kevin J.; Ralston, Ian B.M. (eds.), Scotland after the Ice Age. Environment, Archaeology and History 8000 BC - AD 1000, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 23–45, retrieved April 11, 2011
  4. ^ Fraser, Iain (2008), The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland, Edinburgh: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland
  5. ^ Stevenson, Robert B.K. (1958–59), "The Inchyra Stone and Some Other Unpublished Early Christian Monuments" (PDF), Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 92: 33–55, retrieved April 10, 2011
  6. ^ "Inchyra (St Madoes parish) Roman coin hoard" (PDF), Discovery and Excavation in Scotland: 90, 1994, retrieved April 10, 2011
  7. ^ "Inchyra (St Madoes parish) Romano British trumpet brooch" (PDF), Discovery and Excavation in Scotland: 77, 1992, retrieved April 11, 2011

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