Fortingall, Perthshire, Scotland

Fortingall is a village and also a parish is Perthshire, Scotland. It is located south of Kinloch Rannoch where my MacGregor ancestors lived in the early 1800s and probably earlier as well.

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The village is famous for its ancient yew tree which is estimated to be about 5,000 years old – older than the Pyramids of Egypt and older than Stonehenge.  The village is also reputed to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, who condemned Jesus to death.

My MacGregor ancestors lived in this parish, but were located North over the hills in the next valley, at Kinloch Rannoch and Killichonan.

 

The graveyard of the old church has many MacGregor graves.

Fortingall Kirk (Church)Fortingall Kirkyard

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Intersection just West of Fortingall

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West end of Fortingall looking East

 
 
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West end of Fortingall, looking South-East

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West end of Fortingall looking South-East

 
 
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Map of Fortingall area. Red dot at upper right is Fortingall. Glen Lyon is to the left.
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Sign at entrance to Fortingall Parish Churchyard

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Fortingall Church with ancient yew tree at far left

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Belfry of the old Kirk (Church) 1768

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Part of the sign for the Yew tree – Europe’s, and possibly the World’s, oldest living thing. It predates the Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge.

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Grave of Duncan Macara, (1727-1804) Minister at Fortingall from 1754-1804

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Plaque for the grave of Duncan Macara
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Duncan MacGregor Died 1st March 1878 Aged 65 and his Wife Katherine McKercher Died March 22 [3 weeks after her husband] Age 63
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Jessie McEwen Died 11 May 1977, wife of Duncan MacGregor, JP [Justice of the Peace] Died 1980. Balnald, Fortingall
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John MacGregor & Donald MacGregor
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In

Loving Memory of

Jessie Stewart

wife of J W McGregor

Fortingall

Died 19th Nov 1932 (?)

Aged 25 years

Also the above

William McGregor

Who died 2nd Dec. 1981

Aged 82 Years

(Transcribed from photo)

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In Loving Memory of Jessie (a MacGregor grave)
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Erected by Donald MacGregor late of the 33rd Regiment in memory of his parents John MacGregor 17th August 1798 Aged 51 (?) years and wife Flora MacNaughton who died 13th March 1832 Aged 83 years.
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“In loving memory of Helen McGregor who died at Artrascart 1st Jany. 1927  At Rest”
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“Erected to the memory of Donald McGregor who died at Kirkton Fortingall 4th February 1927 Aged 70 and his wife Elizabeth Stewart who died at Kirkton Fortingall 29th February 1928 Aged 65”
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“HERE-LIE-INTERRED

THE-REMAINS-OF DON

ALD-MCGRIGOR-SON

TO MALCUM-MCGRI

GOR-AND-CATHRI

NE-MENZIES-IN-DU

LL-HE-DIED-FEBRY

THE-9TH–1783-AT?-GU??”

(Transcribed from photo)

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“IN MEMORY

OF

DONALD McGREGOR

BROUGH GLENLYON,

WHO DIED 18TH FEBY 1881

AGED 81 YEARS”

(Transcribed from photo)

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Right hand gravestone:

“IN

LOVING MEMORY

OF

DUNCAN ANDERSON

WHO DIED AT WHITEBRIDGE

3OTH DECEMBER 1873 AGED 69 YEARS

AND HIS WIFE

JANET MACEWAN

WHO DIED AT KILLIECHASSIE

8TH SEPTEMBER 1876 AGED 67 YEARS”

(transcribed from photo)

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“A McG  M McG

SACRED (?)
TO THE MEMORY

DONALD MCGRIGOR

SON TO ALEX ___

GORTENAND (?) ____

RIE-DIED-THE- ____

1793 (?) AGED 2__”

(Transcribed from photo)

WILLIAM McGREGOR d 1860 …CATHERINE McGREGOR d 1869 …INTERR….?REM-ID-1792 AGED 53 YEARS   //

 … GEORGE DRYSDALE d 1842? JANET McGREGOR  HIS SPOUSE d 1830?

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