Methven, Perth and Kinross

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Methven is located in Perth and Kinross
Location within Perth and Kinross
Population1,300 (mid-2020 est.)[2]
OS grid referenceNO025259
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPERTH
Postcode districtPH1
Dialling code01738
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°24′54″N 3°34′48″W / 56.415°N 3.580°W / 56.415; -3.580Coordinates: 56°24′54″N 3°34′48″W / 56.415°N 3.580°W / 56.415; -3.580
Methven Church and churchyard

Methven (/ˈmɛvɪn/; Scottish Gaelic: Meadhainnigh) is a large village in the Scottish region of Perth and Kinross, on the A85 road due west of the town of Perth. It is near the village of Almondbank. The village has its own primary school, church, bowling club, community halls, playing field with sports facilities and skate-park, and a variety of businesses.

There is a local primary school in the village, and a large co-educational boarding and day independent school nearby, called Glenalmond College, described by The Good Schools Guide as providing an "outstanding" quality of education.


A Brittonic name,[3] Methven is thought to be derived from words equivalent to Welsh medd "mead", and maen (in this case, mutated to faen) "stone".[3][4]


To the south of the village, along Station Road, a small industrial estate occupies the former site of Methven Station. Closed since 27 September 1937, the station was originally the western terminus of the Perth, Almond Valley and Methven Railway.

Local Issues[edit]

Work began on a new pedestrian crossing in the village in 2008, but was slow to progress, with it not completed until August 2009. Locals had campaigned for a crossing for years because of the busy main road that cuts through the village. The work to install it (as well as nearby works to upgrade the gas pipe network in the village) caused some disruption.

History and legacy[edit]

The Battle of Methven took place in 1306 between Scottish forces (led by newly crowned king Robert the Bruce) and English forces (led by Aymer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke) and resulted in a resounding win for the English. This was part of the Scottish Wars of Independence.

There used to be a Royal Air Force station nearby called RAF Methven.

Smiddy House, at 42–44 Main Street, was built around 1840. It is now considered at-risk due to its condition.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Very Rev Dr James Oswald was minister of Methven from 1750 to 1783. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1765.[6]

Dr William Marshall born 26 Aug 1834 in Methven was appointed Queen Victoria's resident doctor at Balmoral in 1871. He was a royal physician until 1881. He died in Crieff on 22 Dec 1884. A note of his Royal service is made on his headstone erected by his father and in the Methven cemetery.[7]

Sir Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, a military hero, was born and raised at the family home of Balgowan House in the area and is buried in the large stone vault south of the main church.

Methven is the birthplace of the Reverend Dr Robert Stirling, inventor of the Stirling engine and of the banker Sir Alexander Kemp Wright.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b Watson, W.J.; Taylor, Simon (2011). The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland (reprint ed.). Birlinn LTD. p. 387. ISBN 9781906566357.
  4. ^ Hanks, Patrick (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. p. 581. ISBN 978-0-19-508137-4. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ Smiddy House, 42-44, Main Street, Methven - Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland
  6. ^ Fasti Ecclesiastae Scoticana by Hew Scott
  7. ^ British Newspaper Archives: The Evening Telegraph, Dec 16, 1884, 2nd Edition.

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