Perth and Kinross

Sanctuary Cross, Dull
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Sanctuary Cross, Dull

A village in Strath Tay, Perth and Kinross, Dull lies at the eastern end of the Appin of Dull, 3 miles (5 km) west of Aberfeldy. Once a much larger settlement, Dull was the site of a monastery that is said to have been the first seat of learning in Scotland. Given the title Abthanedum of Dull by King Edgar (c.1074 - 1107), the monastery was granted by the Bishop of Dunkeld to the Priory of St Andrews at the opening of the University of St Andrews. The monastery was also a sanctuary, one of the four sanctuary crosses still surviving in the middle of the village. Tradition associates Dull with St Adamnan who lived and preached in Glen Lyon in the latter half of the 7th century. It is alleged that on his death he requested his body to be carried down the glen on a bier and that when the first thong or 'dul' securing the bier broke, there he was to be buried, a church built and a college of learning founded. Another legend attributes the founding of the college in the first century AD to Menseteus an ancestor of the Menzies family. In 1966 the Parish of Dull was united with the Parish of Weem.

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