A History of the Church at Muthill from the earliest times to the present day
( written in 1907 )
An Early Period
The beautiful valley of the earn extending from Balquhidder to Newburgh was in olden days one of the distant routes of communication between the extreme west of Scotland and the east . The influence of the first Christian missionaries beginning in the west of Argyllshire soon extended itself to the east by the valleys lying between Loch Lomond and Loch Earn , and the track of the missionaries can still be made out with little difficulty by the existence of place names and Church dedications .
Of the character of that Irish Christianity that thus came into Scotland ,there is little dispute today .Generally speaking it partook of the character of ordinary Western Christianity , with this exception that whereas in the more highly organised parts of Western Europe it was diocesan , in Ireland and Scotland it was at that time monastic. The Celti…