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Gaelic: Longartaidh
Luncarty war memorial.jpg
Luncarty and the war memorial
Grid reference: NO095298
Location: 56°27’6"N, 3°28’11"W
Post town: Perth
Postcode: PH1
Dialling code: 01738
Local Government
Council: Perth and Kinross
Ochil and South Perthshire

Luncarty is a village in Perthshire, approximately four miles north of Perth. It stands between the A9 to the west, and the River Tay to the east.


The King's Stone, Luncarty

The historian Hector Boece (1465–1536), in his History of the Scottish People, records that, in 990, King Kenneth III of Scotland defeated the Danes near Luncarty.[1] The later historian John Hill Burton strongly suspected the battle of Luncarty to be Boece's invention.[2][3] but there is an earlier reference to it, by Walter Bower in his Scotichronicon[4] of around 1440, who refers briefly to the battle:

that remarkable battle of Luncarty, in which the Norsemen with their king were totally destroyed.

Bower does not quote any earlier sources for the battle beyond the usual mediaeval appeal to ancient writings he consulted.

The present village was founded in 1752 by William Sandeman, to house workers at his bleachfields.[5] The village formerly had a railway station, and the Perth to Inverness railway line still runs through the village.


William Sandeman and his partner Hector Turnbull manufactured linen in Perth and bleached it in Luncarty, for instance with an order of 12,000 to 15,000 yards of "Soldiers' shirting". In 1752 he leveled twelve acres of land in Luncarty to form bleachfields. By 1790 when William died, the Luncarty bleachfields covered 80 acres and processed 500,000 yards of cloth annually. Second only to agriculture, linen manufacture was a major industry in the late 18th century — linen then became less important with the introduction of cotton.[6]


  • Football (junior): Luncarty FC

Outside links

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about Luncarty)


  1. Groome, Francis H. (1882–1885). "Luncarty". Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical. Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  2. The History of Scotland from Agricola's Invasion to the Revolution of 1688,Vol.1, By John Hill Burton; p.364-365, Will. Blackwood and Sons, 1867
  3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry; p.415; By Arthur Charles Fox Davies, and Graham Johnston; Published by Kessinger Publishing, 2004; ISBN 1-4179-0630-8, ISBN 978-1-4179-0630-7; link
  4. S Taylor, DER Watt, B Scott, eds (1990). Scotichronicon by Walter Bower in Latin and English.Vol.5. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press. pp. 341–343. 
  5. "Luncarty". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  6. Perth Entrepreneurs: the Sandemans of Springfield by Charles D Waterston, 2008, pages 27–33: these pages reference 19 other information sources. ISBN 978-0-905452-52-4