Glen Artney

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Glenartney, a beautiful sylvan glen in Comrie parish, Upper Strathearn, Perthshire, traversed by the last 7 ½ miles of hazel-fringed Ruchill Water, which, after a north-easterly course, falls into the Earn, opposite Comrie village. Itself descending from 700 to 200 feet above sea-level, it is flanked on its left side by mountainous Glenartney deer forest, the property of Lady Willoughby de Eresby, which culminates at 2317 feet, and in which Prince Albert shot his first Highland stag on 12 Sept. 1842. The region along all its right side was anciently a royal forest; and here in 1589 the Macgregors murdered James VI.'s forester, Drummond of Drummond Ernoch, and swore on their victim's head to avow and defend the deed. Scott wove the episode into his Legend of Montrose, and it led to the outlawry of the Macgregor clan.—Ord. Sur., sh. 47,1869.

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