Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tour Scotland Video Round Tower Abernethy Tower Perthshire

Tour Scotland February video of the Round Tower on ancestry visit to Abernethy, Perthshire, Scotland. This Scottish round tower dates from around the 9th or 10th century, with 11th century alterations. It was used by Celtic clergy as a steeple and watchtower, perhaps against Viking invaders. Abernethy Tower was built for defence and later it was used as a belfry and a beacon. The clock dates from 1868. Excavations to the tower in 1821 uncovered a skeleton and fragments of an urn. Below these were flagstones and ‘many more human bones’, including seven skulls. These burials pre-date the construction of the tower, but by how long is not certain.

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