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Invergowrie, Forfarshire

Historical Description

INVERGOWRIE, a village, in the parish of Liff, Benvie, and Invergowrie, county of Forfar, 3 miles (W.) from Dundee; containing 108 inhabitants. It is pleasantly situated on the south bank of the Tay estuary, and gives name to a fine bay, at the bottom of which is the small mouldering ruin of Invergowrie church, half covered with ivy, close on the water's edge. This is said to have been the first Christian structure north of the Tay; it was probably founded in the seventh century, by a papal legate named Boniface. From Invergowrie Alexander I. embarked on his escape from assassination at the palace of Liff. The village stands at the commencement of the Carse of Gowrie, on the high road from Perth to Dundee, and near the Perth and Dundee railway, which has a station here. About half a mile from it, on Invergowrie hill, are the remains of a Roman camp, which had a communication on the north-east with the camp of Hare Faulds, and was designed, it is supposed, to keep up a communication with the Roman shipping in the Tay. Its site is now surrounded with a plantation of trees.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis

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