Caputh, parish

Grid reference

NO 083 399 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

308300 739900





Nearby places

St Anthony's Chapel, Little Dunkeld (0.75 miles)

Clunie, parish (3.01 miles)

Auchtergaven, parish (3.04 miles)

Inchewan, settlement Little Dunkeld (3.06 miles)

St Catherine's Land, Lethendy (3.14 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for the modern parish kirk, which replaced its predecessor on the 'Mute Hill'.

Relationships with other parishes

Contains Dowally, former parish, Dunkeld & Dowally (formerly)

Within Little Dunkeld, parish (formerly)

Parish details

Caputh was created out of Little Dunkeld in the early 16th century. Shortly afterwards, the northern (Gaelic-speaking) part of Caputh was separated to form the new parish of Dowally.

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

‘The parish then called Litill Dunkeld was large and scattered, sixteen miles in length. it was therefore divided [by Bishop George Broun shortly after 1500]. The old parish church of Litill Dunkeld was allowed to stand [on s. bank of Tay, opposite Dunkeld]; and the bishop set up another at Capeth, where he built and adorned the choir at his own expense. There was a painted reredos: glass was put in the windows: a small vicarage annexed to the bishopric was assigned to the vicar for his support, with the hill (commonly called, hitherto, Mwtehill) on which he set the church, and fouracres for glebe ...’ There follows an account of a miracle of St Columba in Caputh during the plague of 1500 (Dunk. Rent. 312-3).... Later the bishop, considering that the population in these parishes had increased, and that in the upper parts of the parish of Capeth Irish was spoken, he therefore built and endowed, in honour of St Anne, a parish church among the woods in his church land of Dowaly, assigning a manse for the priest, as the formal writ fully testifies.’ (Myln, Vitae in Dunk. Rent. 312-3). Cowan (1967, 27) states that the prebend of Caputh appears to have been founded on lands and not upon teinds (CPP i, 584; Ass. 318 (= Ass. 300v). Note that it is not listed as a parish c.1300 in Atlas 1996.