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Perth facts

l Perth is known as The Fair City, after Sir Walter Scott's The Fair Maid of Perth.

l It was the Scottish capital from the ninth century. Kings were crowned at Scone Abbey.

l In medieval times the town was known as St John's Toun – a name used by the football team, St Johnstone, today.

l Perth comes from a Pictish word for a thorny woodland.

l In 1975 it lost city status in a local government reorganisation.

l Perth is the lowest fordable crossing point on the River Tay

l Celebrities with links to Perth include BBC Radio Scotland's Stuart Cosgrove, and Stagecoach millionaire Brian Souter and his sister Ann Gloag.

l Historical figures include The 39 Steps author John Buchan, photographer David Octavius Hill and poet William Soutar.

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