Forteviot (Scottish Gaelic: Fothair Tabhaicht) (Ordnance Survey grid reference NO052175) is a village in Strathearn, Scotland on the south bank of the River Earn between Dunning and Perth. It lies in the council area of Perth and Kinross. The population in 1991 was 160.


Houses on the square in Forteviot
Location within Perth and Kinross
OS grid referenceNO052174
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPerth
Postcode districtPH2
Dialling code01764
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament

The present village was rebuilt in the 1920s by John Alexander Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot of the Dewar's whisky family.

Early Bronze Age

On 11 August 2009 archaeologists announced that they had discovered a royal tomb from the early Bronze Age at Forteviot. Along with the remains of the ancient ruler were found burial treasures which include a bronze and gold dagger, a wooden bowl and a leather bag. Archaeologists from Glasgow University and Aberdeen University continue to investigate the finds.[1]

The Pictish Palace of Forteviot

Forteviot is known to have been inhabited in the 9th century. King Cináed mac Ailpín (Kenneth mac Alpin or Kenneth I of Scotland) (d. 858), is said to have died in the 'palace' (palacio) there. The palace formerly stood on Haly Hill, on the west side of the modern village, overlooking the Water of Mey.[2]

The ruins of a castle associated with Máel Coluim III (1058-93) were visible in the 17th century. Several pieces of early medieval sculpture are preserved in the parish church, which is dedicated to St Andrew. The well-known 'Forteviot Arch', an early-9th century monolithic sandstone arch with figural sculpture, discovered in an old bed of the Water of May, west of the terrace on which the village stands, is now in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. It is likely to have once adorned a royal chapel.

The Village

The village was rebuilt in the 1920s as a model village designed by the architect James Miller under the instruction of John Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot, influenced by the Garden City movement. The village hall sits opposite the main village square and is an especially eclectic piece of 1920s design. It is a category A listed building.[3]

The present church dates from 1778 and adopts the form of a Georgian box chapel, but dates from the 13th century. Gravestones date from 1690.[4]

Notable Residents


  1. Keys, David (11 August 2009). "Ancient royal tomb found in Scotland". London: The Independent. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  2. Oxford Companion to Scottish History. P. 242 - 243. Edited by Michael Lynch. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-923482-0
  • Aitchison, Nick, Forteviot: A Pictish and Scottish Royal Centre. Tempus, Stroud, 2006. ISBN 0-7524-3599-X
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