Coupar Angus

Perth and Kinross

Central Coupar Angus
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Central Coupar Angus

A market town in east Perth and Kinross, Coupar Angus is situated at a crossroads on the south bank of the River Isla in the centre of the fertile valley of Strathmore. The remains of a Roman camp lie to the east of the town and a Cistercian Abbey, of which only part of the gateway survives, was founded here by King Malcolm c.1164. A stream that divides the town in two was formerly the boundary between Perthshire and Angus, the older part of the town being in the Angus portion giving rise to the name Coupar Angus. The Tolbooth Tower dates from 1702 and a linen industry was established here in the 18th Century.

The town was revitalised in the 19th Century as a market town, manufacturing centre and communication hub following the creation of the turnpike roads and the arrival of the railway. Interesting buildings from that period include a toll house, tannery, weaving mill, maltings and station. Modern industries include printing and the manufacture of food products, agricultural chemicals and farm machinery. There are recreational facilities in the Larghan Victory Park.

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