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Aberuthven (Gael. abhir-ruadh-abhuinn, 'confluence of the red river'), a post office village in the north of Auchterarder parish, SE Perthshire, stands on the right bank of Ruthven Water, 1¼ mile S of its influx to the Earn, and is 2½ miles SW of Dunning station, and 2¾ NE of its post-town, Auchterarder. It has a Free church (1851), gas works, an inn, and a public school, which, with accommodation for 100 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 66, and a grant of £62, 3s. Cotton weaving is the staple industry, and cattle fairs are held on the third Tuesday of April and November. Across the Ruthven stands the roofless ruin of St Kattan's Chapel, the church of what once formed the separate parish of Aberuthven, granted in 1200 to Inchaffray. Of Norman or First Pointed origin, it retains a couplet of narrow, ogee-headed, one-light windows, set widely apart in the E wall, and is the burial place of the Duncans of Damside and the Græmes of Inchbrakie: whilst beside it is the urn-surmounted mausoleum of the Dukes of Montrose.

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