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  1. Abernethy

    a small burgh in S. Perthshire, with a Pictish round tower, and once the capital of the Pictish kingdom.


  1. Abernethy, Perth and Kinross

    Abernethy is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, situated 8 mi south-east of Perth. It has one of Scotland's two surviving Irish-style round towers. The tower stands 74 ft high, and it is possible to climb to the top, using a modern metal spiral staircase. The tower was evidently built in two stages, and probably dates to the 11th-early 12th centuries. The village was once the 'capital' of the Pictish kingdom. The parish church, which sits on land given by Nechtan, king of the Picts, is dedicated to Saint Brigid of Kildare of, and the church is said to have been founded by Dairlugdach, second abbess of Kildare, one of early Christian Ireland's major monasteries. Abernethy may have been the seat of an early Pictish bishopric, its diocese extending westward along Strathearn. In the 12th century the bishop's seat was moved to Muthill, then Dunblane, but Abernethy remained the site of a small priory of Augustinian canons, founded 1272. This priory was suppressed in favour of a collegiate church under the patronage of the Douglas Earls of Angus, in the 15th century. Remains of the collegiate church survived until 1802 within the present village graveyard, when they were replaced by the present plain red sandstone church, which is still dedicated to St Bridget.


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