Strathfillan

   STRATHFILLAN, lately a quoad sacra parish, partly in the parish of Glenorchy, district of Lorn, county of Argyll, but chiefly in the parish of Killin, county of Perth, 14 miles (W. by S.) from Killin; containing, with the village of Clifton, 735 inhabitants, of whom 247 are in the county of Argyll, and 488 in the county of Perth. This place, which, for ecclesiastical purposes, was separated from the parishes of Killin and Glenorchy by act of the General Assembly in 1836, appears to have derived its name from a priory founded here by King Robert Bruce, and dedicated to St. Fillan, in gratitude for his victory in the battle of Bannockburn. The establishment was for canons regular of the order of St. Augustine, and continued to flourish under a regular succession of priors till the Dissolution, when its revenues and site were granted to the Campbells, ancestors of the Marquess of Breadalbane. Of the building, which seems to have been 120 feet in length and twenty-two feet in breadth, there are still some portions of the walls remaining; and near the site is a deep pool called the Holy Pool, in which it was the practice in ancient times to dip persons afflicted with insanity. The patients on these occasions, after immersion in the pool, were left bound during the night in a part of the church designated St. Fillan's chapel; and if they were found loose on the following morning, the cure was deemed to be complete. A stone called St. Fillan's chair, and several small round stones, each of which was consecrated by the saint, and supposed to have been endowed with the power of curing some particular disease, were long preserved at the mill of Killin; and five of the stones are still kept there for the inspection of the curious. The strath to which the priory gave name forms an interesting portion of the Highland district of Breadalbane, and is situated on the north of Loch Dochart; it is rather a pastoral than an agricultural district, and in its various features partakes of the general character of the parish of Killin. Among the seats of importance is Glenure House, the summer residence of Thomas Herbert Place, Esq., a handsome modern mansion, beautifully situated in grounds tastefully laid out, embellished with thriving plantations, and comprehending much picturesque and romantic scenery. The village of Clifton, near which is a mine of lead-ore in operation, stands not far from the western extremity of the strath. The ecclesiastical affairs are under the superintendence of the presbytery of Weem and synod of Perth and Stirling. A church was erected here in 1829, and endowed by Lady Glenorchy with funds from which the minister derives a stipend of £60; and a manse, and a considerable extent of hill pasture, are given to him by the Marquess of Breadalbane: patrons, the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, who support a school in the district. The members of the Free Church now hold the place of worship.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Killin —    KILLIN, a parish, in the county of Perth; containing, with part of the late quoad sacra district of Strathfillan, 1702 inhabitants, of whom 426 are in the village, 8 miles (N. by W.) from Lochearnhead. This parish, which is situated within the …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • Dewar (Dewar na Ferg) of Perthshire — Contents 1 Dewar Origins 2 Saint Fillan and the Holy Relics 3 The Dewars in History 4 Dewar Family (Dewar na Ferg) …   Wikipedia

  • Fillan — See Fillan, Norway for the Norwegian town in Hitra, Sør Trøndelag Saint Fillan, Filan, Phillan, Fáelán (Old Irish) or Faolan (modern Gaelic) is the name of (probably) two Scottish saints, of Irish origin. The career of a historic individual lies… …   Wikipedia

  • Tyndrum — infobox UK place country = Scotland official name= Tyndrum/Taigh an Druim population = [http://www.forthvalleygis.gov.uk/stirling by number 167] os grid reference= NN330303 latitude=56.43524 longitude= 4.71009 map type=Scotland unitary scotland=… …   Wikipedia

  • Robert I of Scotland — Infobox Monarch | name = Robert I title = King of Scots nationality = Scottish reign = 1306 ndash;1329 coronation = 1306 predecessor = John successor = David II heir = John the Bruce consort = i) Isabella of Mar ii) Elizabeth de Burgh issue =… …   Wikipedia

  • West Highland Way — Infobox Hiking trail Name=West Highland Way Photo=WHW Rannoch Moor.jpg Caption=The sun breaks partially through the clouds in a rainy day on the outskirt of Rannoch Moor in late April 2008 on West Highland Way on the way from Bridge of Orchy to… …   Wikipedia

  • Dryburgh Abbey — Monastery information Order Premonstratensian Established 1150 …   Wikipedia

  • Bishop of Aberdeen — For the bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church, see Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. The Bishop of Aberdeen (originally Bishop of Mortlach, in Latin Murthlacum) was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Aberdeen, one of Scotland s 13 medieval… …   Wikipedia

  • Crianlarich — Coordinates: 56°23′39″N 4°37′00″W / 56.394167°N 4.616667°W / 56.394167; 4.616667 …   Wikipedia

  • Abbot of Iona — Iona s first abbot, Saint Columba, before the fortress of the Pictish king The Abbot of Iona was the head of Iona Abbey during the Middle Ages and the leader of the monastic community of Iona, as well as the overlord of scores of monasteries in… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.