Perth and Kinross

Old Parish Church, Invergowrie
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Old Parish Church, Invergowrie

A dormitory village on the north shore of the Firth of Tay, 2½ miles (4 km) west of Dundee, Invergowrie now lies in Perth & Kinross Council Area, having formerly been incorporated in the City of Dundee. Its railway station opened in 1848 and remains as a halt on the Dundee-Perth Railway Line. Invergowrie Primary School opened in 1875 and moved into a new building in 2013, with the original building converted to domestic use. Invergowrie Post Office closed in 2020, although a few shops remain on Main Street. The village also benefits from a bowling club.

Said to have been a royal point of embarkation, at which King Alexander I (1078 - 1124) planned to build a palace, Invergowrie was gifted to the monks of Scone in the Middle Ages. Its original church, now known as Dargie Church, was allegedly founded by St. Bonifacius in the 8th Century and in the ancient churchyard are two large stones known as the Ewes (or Yowes) of Gowrie. There are three prominent church buildings on Main Street; Invergowrie Parish Church (1909), All Souls Episcopal Church (1891, by Hippolyte J. Blanc and now A-listed), and the oldest, the former Free Church (1844, now Bullionfield Recreation Hall and B-listed).

Invergowrie toll-house stands nearby on the south side of the former Perth-Dundee turnpike road. Nearby there was once a flour mill, while the Bullionfield Paper Mill opened on the Invergowrie Burn to the north in 1850 but closed in 1965. The James Hutton Institute (previously the Scottish Crop Research Institute) is now a major employer, located immediately to the west.

Invergowrie House, which dates back to the 14th C., lies in the grounds of Ninewells Hospital, a mile (1.5 km) to the east in Dundee.

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