Struan Church is located in the village of Old Struan, some 4 miles North of Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland, as the A9 road and railway to Aviemore and Inverness begin their ascent through the Drumochter Pass. It lies at the confluence of the Rivers Garry and Errochty.
The present Church is a 19th C rebuild, completed in 1828 to a design by Captain Duncan Robertson of nearby Kindrochit Lodge, and dedicated to St. Fillan. (St Fillan's Well is nearby.) It replaced the larger medieval church, but the location, on a green knoll, is considered an ancient religious site.
The graveyard is a rectangular walled enclosure around the church. The churchyard includes an early Christian inscribed stone and there is a Class I carved Pictish Stone inside the Church by the altar. Sadly, the Church is normally kept locked nowadays, so access would require prior arrangement.
This is Clan Donnachaidh country, the spiritual home to Clan members including Robertsons, Duncans, McConnachies, Reids and McLagans. The graveyard became the burial place of the Clan Chiefs from around the early 1500's. There is a church service held here towards the end of the annual Clan Gathering and a piper plays a pibroch and lament to commemorate their passing.
A peaceful, still, location set in beautiful Perthshire scenery, to be fully appreciated in fine weather.
GPS Coordinates: 56.76438, -3.95014
- Added: 1 Mar 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2605532
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