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Murthly


Perth and Kinross

A village in Perth and Kinross, Murthly lies to the south of the River Tay, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Dunkeld. The Murthly estate, including its 15th-century castle, was acquired by Sir William Stewart of Grandtully in 1615. A new castle was built in 1827-32 in the style of a Jacobean palace for Sir John Stewart but was never completed internally. That building was destroyed in 1949, the stone subsequently being used to build the dam and hydroelectric station at Pitlochry. Sir William Drummond Stewart who inherited the estate from his brother in 1838 travelled extensively in America, returning to Scotland with two native Indians who lived in the 17th-century Garden House in the policies of Murthly Castle. Sir William, after being nursed back to health by Jesuits, converted to Catholicism and built the Chapel of St Anthony the Eremite at Murthly in 1846. Restored in the 1990s, this building was designed by James Gillespie Graham, probably in collaboration with A. W. N. Pugin.


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