Parish of Rhynd

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

This edition is copyright © The Editors of the Gazetteer for Scotland, 2002-2022.

It has taken much time and money to make the six-volumes of Groome's text freely accessible. Please help us continue and develop by making a donation. If only one out of every ten people who view this page gave £5 or $10, the project would be self-sustaining. Sadly less than one in thirty-thousand contribute, so please give what you can.

Use the tabs on the right of this page to see other parts of this entry Arrow

Links to the Historical Statistical Accounts of Scotland are also available:
(Click on the link to the right, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Browse scanned pages")

1791-99: Rhynd
1834-45: Rhynd

Rhynd (Gael. roinn, 'point' or 'peninsula'), a Perthshire parish, whose church stands 3¾ miles NE of Bridge of Earn, and 4¼ SE of Perth, under which there is a post office of Rhynd. It is bounded NW by Kinfauns, NE by Kinfauns, the Inchyra section of Kinnoull, and St Madoes, S by Abernethy and Dunbarny, and W by Perth. Its utmost length, from WNW to ESE, is 4 miles; its utmost breadth is 1 3/8 mile; and its area is 2893 acres, of which 175½ are foreshore and 260¾ water. The Tay, here 1 to 3 furlongs broad, curves 4½ miles north-eastward and south-eastward along all the boundary with Kinfauns, Kinnoull, and St Madoes; and Sleepless Inch and Balhepburn Island belong to Rhynd. The river Earn winds 37/8 miles east-by-northward to the Tay along all the Abernethy border, though the point where it first touches the parish and that where it enters the Tay are only 1¾ mile distant as the crow flies. E of Fingask the surface is low and flat, at no point 50 feet above sea-level; but westward it rises to a maxi. mum altitude of 725 feet on the summit of wooded Moncreiffe Hill at the meeting-point of Rhynd, Perth, and Dunbarny parishes. Moucreiffe Hill mainly consists of greenstone; but elsewhere the principal rock is Old Red sandstone. The soil in the NW is sharp and gravelly, in the SE is chiefly clay, intermixed bere and there with very fine black loam. About 100 acres are under wood; and nearly all the rest of the parish is in a state of high cultivation. At Grange of Elcho, near the western border, David Lindsay of Glenesk founded, some time in the 13th century, a Cistercian nunnery, where, in 1346, the Earl of Ross assassinated Reginald of the Isles. Elcho Castle, noticed separately, is the chief antiquity; and the Earl of Wemyss is chief proprietor, 1 other holding an annual value of more, and 2 of less, than £500. Rhynd is in the presbytery of Perth and the synod of Perth and Stirling; the living is worth £350. In the early part of the 12th century and on to the Reformation the parish was a dependency of the monastery of St Adrian, Isle of May; and a stone in the E gable of the old church marks the grave of one of the priors. The original church has entirely disappeared, but probably stood on the site of a wretched church, dating from the time of the Reformation, and inconveniently situated 2 miles to the SE of the present church, which was built in 1842. The public school, with accommodation for 96 children, had (1884) an average attendance of 60, and a grant of £68, 18s. Valuation (1865) £7700, 3s. 3d., (1884) £6176, 10s. 9d. Pop. (1801) 403, (1841) 402, (1861) 297, (1871) 327, (1881) 297.—Ord. Sur., sh. 48, 1868.

An accompanying 19th C. Ordnance Survey map is available, or use the map tab to the right of this page.

Note: This text has been made available using a process of scanning and optical character recognition. Despite manual checking, some typographical errors may remain. Please remember this description dates from the 1880s; names may have changed, administrative divisions will certainly be different and there are known to be occasional errors of fact in the original text, which we have not corrected because we wish to maintain its integrity. This information is provided subject to our standard disclaimer

If you have found this information useful please consider making
a donation to help maintain and improve this resource. More info...

By using our site you agree to accept cookies, which help us serve you better