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Murthly Garage in the centre of Murthly
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56°31′49″N3°27′50″W / 56.53028°N 3.46389°W / 56.53028; -3.46389 Coordinates: 56°31′49″N3°27′50″W / 56.53028°N 3.46389°W / 56.53028; -3.46389

Murthly (Scottish Gaelic Mòrthlaich) is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It lies on the south bank of the River Tay, 5 miles (8.0 km) south-east of Dunkeld, and 9 12 miles (15.3 km) north of Perth. Perth District Asylum, later known as Murthly Hospital, was opened in the village on 1 April 1864 for 'pauper lunatics'. It was the second district asylum to be built in Scotland under the terms of the 1857 Lunacy (Scotland) Act. It closed in 1984 and was later demolished. [1] [2] The village has a stone circle, in the former grounds of the hospital. [3] The village formerly had a railway station on the Perth and Dunkeld Railway, which closed in 1965.


Murthly Castle

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Murthly Castle

The 15th-century Murthly Castle is 1 23 miles (2.7 km) to the west of the village centre. An ambitious 19th-century replacement castle by James Gillespie Graham was never finished and was later demolished. [4] [5] Within the castle grounds is the Chapel of St Anthony the Eremite, a Catholic chapel designed by James Gillespie Graham and A W N Pugin in 1846, attached to an earlier 16th-century chapel. [6] Carving in the castle and the chapel was done by Patric Park, then aged only 17. [7]

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