Coupar Angus

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Coupar Angus
  • Scottish Gaelic: Cùbar Aonghais
Clock Tower in Coupar Angus.jpg
Coupar Angus's clock tower
Coupar Angus is located in Perth and Kinross
Coupar Angus
Coupar Angus
Location within Perth and Kinross
Population2,350 (mid-2016 est.)[1]
OS grid referenceNO222401
• Edinburgh41 mi (66 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPH13
Dialling code01828
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°32′49″N 3°16′01″W / 56.547°N 3.267°W / 56.547; -3.267Coordinates: 56°32′49″N 3°16′01″W / 56.547°N 3.267°W / 56.547; -3.267

Coupar Angus (/ˈkʊpər/ (About this soundlisten); Gaelic: Cùbar Aonghais) is a town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 4 miles (6 kilometres) south of Blairgowrie.

The name Coupar Angus serves to differentiate the town from Cupar, Fife. The town was traditionally on the border between Angus and Perthshire, the town centre being in Perthshire. The Angus part was transferred to Perthshire in 1891, but the town retained its name.

It is located on the A94 Perth-Forfar road, although the town centre itself is now bypassed. Coupar Angus railway station previously served the town.



Clock Tower - The Steeple[]

The six-storey Tolbooth was built in 1762, funded by public subscription.[2]

Coupar Angus Abbey[]

In the Middle Ages the Cistercian Coupar Angus Abbey was one of Scotland's most important monasteries, founded by Malcolm IV (1153–65) in the 1160s. Of the abbey, only architectural fragments, preserved in the 19th-century parish church (which is probably on the site of the monastic church), or built into houses and walls throughout the town, survive, along with part of one of its gatehouses.[3]

World War II[]

Polish Forces[]

Several Polish units were stationed in and around Coupar Angus from 1939 to 1945.[4]


Scottish Fold[]


Notable people[]



  • Coupar Angus is the birthplace of Jock Sutherland, coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers 1946–1947.
  • Coupar Angus is the birthplace of Alan Gilzean, who is a former professional footballer from the 1960s and 1970s and played for Scottish club Dundee, national side Scotland and English club Tottenham Hotspur.


  • James Stirton, physician and leading expert on mosses and lichen was born in 1833 in Coupar Angus.


  • William Nairne Clark, one of the two protagonists that fought the first recorded duel in Western Australia, was born in Coupar Angus in 1804. Clark and his opponent, George French Johnson, faced each other in Fremantle, Western Australia, on the morning of Friday 6 June 1832. Johnson was fatally wounded in the hip in the encounter. Clark was subsequently charged with, and acquitted of, Johnson's manslaughter. Clark, who had trained as a lawyer, emigrated to Western Australia on the convict ship 'Eliza' in 1830. He initially practised as a lawyer before founding the Swan River Guardian newspaper in 1836.[6]


  1. ^ "Mid-2016 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Coupar Angus, Queen Street, The Steeple". Canmore. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Coupar Angus". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  4. ^ POLONICA IN SCOTLAND: Coupar Angus
  5. ^ "Scottish Fold Profile - History, Appearance & Temperament - Cat World". 26 February 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  6. ^ Bolton, G.C. (1966). "Clark, William Nairne (1804–1854)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2 November 2018 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
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