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James MacLaren and Fortingall

Thatched roof cottages in the village of Fortingall, Perthshire

THE VILLAGEof Fortingall in Highland Perthshire has at least two outstanding claims to fame. First, that its ancient churchyard yew tree is 5000 years old, second, that this village was the birthplace of Pontious Pilate.

However, less well known but indisputable is that the architecture of this village was in the main designed by the exceptionally talented young Scottish architect, James MacLaren. Fortingall, in fact, is one of the most important examples of Arts and Crafts vernacular style in Scotland.

James Marjoribanks MacLaren was born on 12th January 1853 in Thornhill near Stirling, the 6th of 11 children, and was brought up on the family farm at Middleton of Boqhuapple where he learned traditional farming skills. He attended the local school until he was 15, then moved on to the High School of Stirling where he excelled at drawing and painting. He also showed a great interest in the buildings of the area, which led him to choose a career in architecture.

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