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Gaelic: Obar Dheilgidh
Aberdalgie Kirk
Grid reference: NO079201
Location: 56°21’51"N, 3°29’33"W
Post town: Perth
Postcode: PH2
Dialling code: 01738
Local Government
Council: Perth and Kinross

Aberdalgie is a village and parish in southern Perthshire. It is located 2½ miles south-west of the county town, Perth, to the south of the B9112 road in Strathearn. Its name means 'Confluence of the Thorn-Stream'. Surrounding parishes are Tibbermore to the north, Perth to the east, Forgandenny to the south-east and Forteviot to the south-west.

In the Aberdalgie Churchyard (formerly inside the church before that moved) is the family vault where mediæval heads of Clan Oliphant are buried. Prominent among them is Sir William Oliphant, the resolute Governor of Stirling Castle when in 1304 it held out longer than any other against Edward I of England, during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Also buried there are Sir William's son, Sir Walter Oliphant, and his wife, Princess Elizabeth, the youngest daughter of King Robert the Bruce.

The tomb was covered by an effigy which is the finest example of Tournai stone work in Scotland. From the design of the armour of the recumbent figure of the effigy, it has been dated to around 1365, which was some long time after Sir William died but fits most closely with the dates of Sir Walter and his Royal bride. The tomb is now the registered lair of the Chief of Clan Oliphant.[1]


  1. "Perth & Alloa", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map, 2007, ISBN 0-319-22997-1 
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