Perth and Kinross

Fortingall Parish Church
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Fortingall Parish Church

Reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, the ancient kirkton of Fortingall lies at the eastern end of Glen Lyon, Perth and Kinross, 8 miles (13 km) west of Aberfeldy and north of the River Lyon. A 3000-year-old yew tree in the churchyard is said to be the oldest living thing in Europe and in a field to the south are three sets of stone circles dating from the 2nd millennium BC. The village comprises a number of thatched and slated cottages largely constructed since the 1880s when shipping magnate Sir Donald Currie initiated the transformation of the settlement to its present picturesque appearance. Glen Lyon House to the west dates from 1694 but was remodelled for Sir Donald who used it as a shooting lodge. The parish church dates from 1900, although the first church on the site may have been built as far back as the 7th Century and dedicated to St Cedd, patron saint of the parish of Fortingall. A Celtic handbell can be found in the church and in the churchyard is the burial enclosure of the Stewarts of Garth.

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