mile and a half north of Auchterarder, on the east side of the
Ruthven Water, lies the village of Aberuthven. The Ruthven falls
into the Earn a short distance away, hence the name of the village
the 19th century Aberuthven was "Smiddyhaugh", a blacksmith's
forge by the bridge over the Ruthven - a convenient halt for travellers.
This old resting place still survives in the form of The Smiddy
Haugh Hotel, where a warm and hospitable welcome greets all travellers.
was also "Graham country", the demesne of the Montrose
family of Kincardine Castle.
Kattans, an ancient Celtic chapel, was unused as a church after
1697, but sheltered the Montrose Mausoleum. The great Marquis
himself, after dramatic turns of fortune, was not buried here,
being executed in Edinburgh in 1658 as a supporter of Charles
village was a hive of industrious home weavers during the last
century, most of the villagers being employed in the Auchterarder
textile mills after they were built in 1872, the weaving being
done by hand-looms previously. The cloth was exported as far afield
as China, New Zealand and India as well as having a healthy local
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