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Moncreiffe Island


(Friarton Island)

An island which divides the River Tay into two channels as it flows through Perth. Lying opposite the South Inch, Moncreiffe Island (also known as Friarton Island) extends to 40.6 ha (100 acres) and is today predominantly occupied by the King James VI Golf Course, with allotments managed by the Perth Working Men's Garden Association situated towards the north of the island. There is a small resident population, recorded as 3 (2001) and again 3 (2011). The railway bridge, which conveys the line east through the Carse of Gowrie to Dundee, crosses the river via the northern tip of the island. Also at the northern tip was a filter bed which was part of a scheme designed by local school-teacher Adam Anderson (1780 - 1846) to take water from the Tay and deliver drinking water to the town via the waterworks in Marshall Place.


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