Perthshire - the Eternal Capital of Scotland
Officially known as the County of Perth, Perthshire is one of the thirty two registration counties that constitute Scotland. Its name derives from the Gaelic “Siorrachd Pheairt” and, besides some modifications to its borders on the 19th century; they remain almost as they have always done. It is located on the eastern front of the Scottish country and it is bounded by Pass of Drumochter to the north, by Strathmore to the east, by Aberfoyle to the south and lastly, to Strathmore to the west.
In the past, between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, Perthshire used to be a local government county. Also due to its size, it was naturally known as the "big county" by people all around the nation.
Regarding its history, Perthshire has been a privileged county, being witness to many important facts of Scottish history. And no without a reason, since in the centuries surrounding the Middle Age, Perthshire (the main city of the county) was declared a Royal Burgh by the king. This in turn brought an unexpected and much welcome growth to the region. In fact, the importance of the city was such that is often referred as “The Ancient Capital of Scotland”.
One of the most important ceremonies carried out near Perthshire was the coronation of the Scottish sovereigns. This took place in the Palace of Scone, of which little remains nowadays.
On the year 1396, the famous Battle of the Clans took place to the north of Perthshire between the long-time rival clans of Mackay and Chattan. They fought without truce in front of King Robert III and eventually the battle was won by the Chattan clan. Local hostilities continued throughout the years with the assassination of James I in the year 1437. This could have been prevented, however, since ironically the very James I had ordered sealed the exit of the secret tunnel from where he pretended to escape.
After a long period of calm the rise of the Protestantism in the 16th century marked a new period for the county, which lasted until the occupation of the local territory by the Jacobites n the 18th century. Years after that, the strong economic position of Perthshire continued to grow and became even stronger as it became a local government area (1890-1975) which was later abolished by the Scottish Government.
Nowadays, the strategic location of the county and the vast amount of sites and natural landscapes it sports has made it a favorite spot among visitors and locals alike. And that, paired with the centuries-long lineage that precede the county, set the stage for a visit full of variety and tradition for anyone venturing into this ancient capital of Scotland.
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