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Gaelic: Meadhainnigh
Scots: Meffin[1]
The village of Methven - - 1557078.jpg
Grid reference: NO025259
Location: 56°24’54"N, 3°34’48"W
Population: 1,162
Post town: Perth
Postcode: PH1
Dialling code: 01738
Local Government
Council: Perth and Kinross
Ochil and South Perthshire

Methven is a large village and parish in eastern Perthshire, on the A85 road due west of the county town of Perth. It is near the village of Almondbank. The village has its own primary school, church, bowling club, community halls, playing field with sports facilities and skate-park, and a variety of businesses.

There is a local primary school in the village, and a large co-educational boarding and day independent school nearby, called Glenalmond College, described by The Good Schools Guide as providing an "outstanding" quality of education.

To the south of the village, along Station Road, a small industrial estate occupies the former site of Methven railway station. Closed since 27 September 1937, the station was originally the western terminus of the Perth, Almond Valley and Methven Railway.

History and legacy

The Battle of Methven took place in 1306 between Scottish forces (led by newly crowned king Robert the Bruce) and English forces (led by Aymer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke) and resulted in a resounding win for the English. This was part of the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Methven is the birthplace of the Reverend Dr Robert Stirling, inventor of the Stirling engine.

There used to be a Royal Air Force station nearby called RAF Methven.


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