ⓘ Muthill


ⓘ Muthill Monastery

Muthill, pronounced, is a village in Perth and Kinross, Perthshire, Scotland. It lies just west of the former railway line connecting Gleneagles and Crieff, 3 miles south of Crieff. The line closed between the two points on 6/7/1964. The name possibly derives from Moot hill, a place of judgement.

The ancient village was once an important religious centre and the site of a Celi De monastery. The church here also served for a time as a seat of the Bishops of Strathearn later Dunblane before the building of the cathedral at Dunblane in the 13th century.

The village was largely destroyed in the 1715–1716 Jacobite rising, by Jacobite troops retiring after their defeat at the Battle of Sheriffmuir, being rebuilt in the 1740s as it lay on the route of General Wades military road through Strathearn.


1. Buildings

There are over a hundred listed buildings in the village. The kirkyard at the centre of the small town contains the ruins of an important 15th-century parish church, which incorporates an 11th-century bell-tower, built on the orders of Michael Ochiltree, Bishop of Dunblane in the care of Historic Scotland; no entrance charge. This is almost the only visible reminder of the ancient village. An early Christian cross-slab perhaps 10th-11th century and a damaged 13th-century double effigy of an Earl and Countess of Strathearn formerly within the choir of the church are preserved within the tower.

St James Episcopal Church dates from 1836 and is designed by R & R Dickson.

Muthill Parish church dates from 1826 and is by James Gillespie Graham.

Muthill has a Primary School but there is no secondary school.


2. Notable People

  • David Brydie Mitchell 1766-1837, American politician
  • John Buchanan 1855-1896, horticulturist and missionary
  • Rev John Barclay 1734-1798, founder of the Berean Church
  • College Grey Friar s Monastery Aberdeen, Franciscan Friary Details Site Record for Aberdeen, Trinitarian Monastery Trinity Friars Monastery Details Site Record
  • westward along Strathearn. In the 12th century the bishop s seat was moved to Muthill then Dunblane, so that Abernethy, no longer being a residential bishopric
  • changed in little more than name. There was a community of Celi De at Muthill until at least the end of the 13th century, and the base for the archdeaconry
  • century AD Lochar Moss Torc and two massive pairs of bronze armlets from Muthill and Strathdon, Scotland, 50 200 AD Romano - British 43 AD 410 AD Tombstone