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Fortingall Churchyard, Stewart Of Garth Burial Enclosure

Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Tree (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Fortingall Churchyard, Stewart Of Garth Burial Enclosure

Classification Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Tree (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Fortingall Yew

Canmore ID 24976

Site Number NN74NW 21

NGR NN 74178 47027

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Fortingall
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN74NW 21 74178 47027

Fortingall Yew [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, November 2009.

(NN 7417 4702) 'Of yew trees in the churchyards of Scotland, the most celebrated is that of Fortingall'. As the circumference was greater than that of any churchyard yew of England or Wales it was thought to be the oldest. In 1831 it was calculated to be between 2,500 and 2,600 years old. However, its girth is now attributed to the caolescence of two trunks and according to expert opinion (H A Hyde, keeper of Dept of Botany in Wales) there is no evidence that yew trees approach the age of 2,000 years.

V Cornish 1946

The Fortingall Yew (name plaque) is within a walled and railed enclosure in Fortingall Churchyard. It appears to emerge from the ground in two separate sections. In several places the low branches have been supported by small pillars.

Surveyed at 1:10000.

Visited by OS (JB) 13 October 1975

No change to previous field report.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (MJF) 1 December 1978.


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