It was originally named Muithauard c.1200, Moneward 1203. The name is derived from the Gaelic magh + bard; Plain of the bards. (Locals pronounce it as Mon ee vaird).
Monzievaird is in the parish of Monzievaird and Strowan in Perthshire, Scotland and gives its name to the nearby Loch Monzievaird. The Village of Monzie; (pronounced Mon ee) is nearby.
Ochtertyre House, the Murray family seat in Perthshire between 1784 and 1790 is located there and overlooks the Loch from an elevated position. Its grounds are a designed landscape. The house itself is a Georgian Category A listed building. It is now a private house, but in its time it has been a school (Seymour Lodge 1939-1965), a theatre and a restaurant.
The Battle of Monzievaird
On March 25, 1005 Malcolm II of Scotland fought and killed the father-and-son rulers of Scotland, Kenneth III of Scotland and his son Giric II of Scotland, a Mormaer. The site of the battle is on the north side of the loch.
The Massacre of Monzievaird
On October 21, 1490 Drummonds and Campbells set fire to the old church of Monzievaird, some twenty Murrays were killed. James IV of Scotland, on news of the massacre, gave orders for the arrest of the main perpetrators, David Drummond and Duncan Campbell of Dunstaffnage. They were executed at Stirling shortly thereafter. The massacre of Monzievaird was notorious and sensational in its day.
- Jane E. A. Dawson, Scotland re-formed, 1488-1587 page 37
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