Gaelic: Ràth a' Ghoirtein
|Council:||Perth and Kinross|
|Ochil & South Perthshire|
The first recorded spelling of Redgorton was Rochgorton -, this can be found in a charter of King David I preserved in the chartulary of Scone. The prefix of the current name, can be seen as translation of the Gaelic word Roch, or Ruach, which means 'red.' Gorton, or Garton, suggests "a little field;". The name as a whole, Redgorton, can be interpreted as 'the red field or field of blood,' and it has been muted that it arose on account of the proximity of the Battle of Luncarty, which took place near Redgorton in c. AD 980 between the Norse and the Scots.
There is much myth surrounding the battle most of which was propagated by the historian Hector Boece in his Scottish History of 1526. It likely the story was written at the bequest of the Hays of Errol to strengthen the legitimacy of their holding substantial lands in the area: according to Boece's account, the Hays were granted their lands as a reward from King Kenneth III for their services in the battle.
The Redgorton Witches
In 1656 four residents of Redgorton were accused of being witches, however, no record of their names or alleged crimes remains.
Save Redgorton Campaign
In 2010 a campaign was started opposing one of the proposed routes for a new Perth Bypass. The proposed road would run across the River Tay from Scone to Huntingtower and campaigners suggest that it will result in the demolition of houses in Redgorton and destroy the character of the village.
The Campaign also led to the establishment of the Luncarty and Redgorton Community Council in late 2010.
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- Holder, Geoff (2006). The Guide to Mysterious Perthshire. Tempus : Gloucestershire. pp. 155-158. ISBN 978-0752441405.