Monzievaird and Strowan

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Monzievaird and Strowan
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Loch Monzievaird
Location: 56°23’18"N, 3°52’48"W
Post town: Crieff
Postcode: PH7
Local Government
Council: Perth & Kinross
Perth and North Perthshire

Monzievaird and Strowan is a parish in Perthshire, situated two miles west of Crieff. The village of Monzie; (pronounced Mon ee) is a couple of miles to the east-northeast.


The place was originally named Muithauard c.1200, Moneward 1203. Two different etymologies are given for the name. In the first it is asserted that the name is derived from the Gaelic magh + bard; "Plain of the bards".[1] (Locals pronounce it as Mon ee vaird). Under this view, the name of the nearby village of Monzie is unrelated except to render the pronunciation of the first syllable "Monz" as "Mon" in linguistic sympathy. In the second etymology, Monzievaird comes from magh "plain" plus edha' the genitive case of edh (iodh) "corn" plus the Saxon vaird or "ward" meaning "enclosure", rendering the total as "place where corn is stored".[2] Under this view the village name of Monzie has the same origin[2] as does the name of the nearby castle, Monzie Castle. Regardless of origin it gave its name to the nearby Loch Monzievaird.


Ochtertyre House, the Murray family seat in Perthshire between 1784 and 1790 is located here, overlooking the Loch from an elevated position. Its grounds are a designed landscape. The house is a Georgian Category A listed building. It is now a private house, but in its time it has operated as a school (Seymour Lodge 1939-1965), a theatre, and a restaurant. The mausoleum of the Murrays, built in 1809, now stands where the parish church used to be.[3]


The local Glenturret Distillery is the source of ‘’The Famous Grouse’’ Whiskey[4]


The Battle of Monzievaird

On 25 March 1005 Malcolm II of Scotland fought and killed the father-and-son rulers of Scotland, Kenneth III[5] and his son Giric II,[6] a Mormaer. The site of the battle is on the north side of the loch.

The Massacre of Monzievaird

On 21 October 1490, Drummonds and Campbells set fire to the old church of Monzievaird; some twenty Murrays were killed.[7] James IV, on news of the massacre, gave orders for the arrest of the main perpetrators, David Drummond and Duncan Campbell of Dunstaffnage. They were executed at Stirling shortly thereafter.[8]


  1. Gordon, Arthur (1896). "The Plain of the Bards". Chronicles of Strathearn. Crieff, Scotland: David Philips. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lindsay, William Alexander; Dowden, John and Thomson, John Maitland, ed (1908). "Appendix III: Notes on the Place-names in the Inchaffray Charters". Charters of the Abbey of Inchaffray. Publications of the Scottish History Society, volume 56. Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish History Society. p. 324. 
  3. Le Queux, William (1909). The House of Whispers. London: E. Nash. p. 21. OCLC 6723868. 
  4. "Culture and Archaeology: Crieff, Glenturret Distillery". Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust. 
  5. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10290 § 102894". The Peerage. 
  6. Lundy, Darryl. "p. 10767 § 107667". The Peerage. 
  7. When the foundations of the present mausoleum were being dug a quantity of charred wood was found, and very many calcined bones Gordon 1896
  8. Dickson, Thomas, ed (1877). Compota Thesaurariorum Regum Scotorum: Accounts of the lord high treasurer of Scotland. Scotland Exchequer. p. ciii. 

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