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Rhynd Parish, Perthshire, Scotland
Written and Researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska, B.F.A.

Rhynd in the 1800's (nineteenth century):

Rhynd is a parish containing a post-office station of its name, at the foot of Strathearn, in Perthshire, Scotland. It occupies the peninsula between the Tay and the left bank of the Earn. It is bounded by the parishes of Perth, Kinnoul, Kinhauns, St. Madoes, Abernethy, and Dumbarnie. Its length south-eastward is 4 miles; and its average breadth is about 1 mile. Its surface begins at the skirt of Moncrieff hill on the north-east, descends thence in gradual slopes towards the Tay, and is low and level near the confluence of the rivers. The soil in the north-west is sharp or gravelly, but in the south-west is chiefly clay, occasionally intermixed with very fine black loan. A few acres are in pasturage; about 100 acres are under wood; and all the rest of the area is in tillage. The landowners are the Earl of Wemyss and MacGill of Kembach. The value of assessed property in 1865 was 7,700 pds. 3s. 3d. The chief antiquity is Elcho Castle. Another antiquity is the ruin of a nunnery at Grange of Elscho on the Tay. This establishment appears to have been pretty extensive, and is said to have been founded by David Lyndsay of Glenesk, and to have been a dependency of the abbey of Dunfermline. The parish has near access to the Scottish central railway, to the Edinburgh and Perth railway, and to the navigation of the Tay. Population in 1831, 400; in 1861, 297. Houses, 77.

This parish is a presbytery of Perth, and synod of Perth and Stirling. Patron, the Earl of Wemyss. Stipend, 234 pds. 8s. 5d; glebe 17 pds. Unappropriated teinds, 446 pds. 2s. 9d. Schoolmaster's salary 50 pds. 0s. 0d. with 25 pd. fees. The old name of the parish was Rhinn, signifying a peninsula, and has been modernized into Rhynd. The present church was built in 1842.


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