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Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross is in Scotland. It has a population of around 146,000 and covers approximately 528,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, Fife, Stirling.

Perth and Kinross (called Peairt agus Ceann Rois in Scottish Gaelic) was formed from the counties of Perthshire and Kinross-shire, becoming a unitary authority in 1996. Part of the Cairngorms National Park is within its borders and the area has a dramatic landscape of mountains, forests, moorlands and lochs, such as Loch Earn, Loch Tay and Loch Rannoch. Situated on the River Tay, the city of Perth is located on land where there is evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years, including neolithic stone circles. Considered to be the ancient capital of Scotland, Perth became an important commercial centre centuries ago, trading in goods such as pottery, textiles and metalwork and has been called the gateway to the Highlands. Among the cities attractions are Perth Museum and Art Gallery, which houses local archaeological, social and natural history exhibits as well as fine art. Historic buildings in Perth include 15th century Huntingtower Castle, Kirk of St. John the Baptist and Stanley Mills, a water powered cotton mill where visitors can get an insight into what it was like for those working there during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th century and until its closed in the 1980s.

The village of Scone, which is near to Perth, was built not far from the old medieval village of the same name, which itself grew on the the site of the ancient capital of the kingdom of the Picts and was later the location of the Stone of Scone, also called the Stone of Destiny. The stone was used in the coronation of Scottish kings, until it was moved in 1297 by order of Edward I to Westminster Abbey, though it was returned to Scotland in 1996 and is now in Edinburgh Castle. First constructed in the 16th century and rebuilt in the early 19th century in Georgian Gothic style, Scone Palace is today a popular tourist attraction and during past centuries was the location for the crowning of Scottish kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. Set among beautiful gardens, the palace contains an impressive collections of ceramics, furniture, clocks and paintings housed within fine rooms, including rooms used by Queen Victoria when she stayed at the palace on her way to the Highlands. Other popular visitor attractions in Perth and Kinross include Castle Menzies, Blair Castle and Drummond Castle Gardens and the area is also home to Fortingall Yew, which at between three thousand and five thousand years old is believed to be the oldest tree in Britain and among the most ancient known trees in the world.

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William Soutar

(Born 1898 in Perth in Perth and Kinross), Fiction, Poetry

A noted literary figure in Scotland, who wrote in both Braid Scots which helped to make him popular in Scotland and in English.