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ATHOLL, or Athole, a district in the north of Perthshire,
Scotland, covering an area of about 450 sq. m. It is bounded
on the N. by Badenoch, on the N.E. by Braemar, on the E. by
Forfarshire, on the S. by Breadalbane, on the W. and N.W.
by Lochaber. The Highland railway bisects it diagonally from
Dunkeld to the borders of Inverness-shire. It is traversed by
the Grampian mountains and watered by the Tay, Tummel,
Garry, Tilt, Bruar and other streams. Glen Garry and Glen
Tilt are the chief glens, and Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel
the principal lakes. The population mainly centres around
Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. The only cultivable soil
occurs in the valleys of the large rivers, but the deer-forest and
the shootings on moor and mountain are among the most
extensive in Scotland. It is said to have been named Athfotla
(Atholl) after Fotla, son of the Pictish king Cruithne, and was
under the rule of a Celtic mormaer (thane or earl) until the
union of the Picts and Scots under Kenneth Macalpine in 843.
The duke of Atholl’s seats are Blair Castle and Dunkeld House.
What is called Atholl brose is a compound, in equal parts, of
whisky and honey (or oatmeal), which was first commonly used
in the district for hoarseness and sore throat.
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