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“Furrow” or “trench”, from the Scottish Gaelic word Clais. The village is in the valley of the Gairney Water, Gairney possibly originating from the Gaelic gearain, “to sigh”.

Cleish Church The hamlet of Cleish, full name the Kirkton of Cleish, lies 3 miles to the south west of Kinross. Cleish Kirk was first built in the early 13th Century, was redesigned in 1775 by the architect John Adam of Blairadam. In 1832 it was totally rebuilt after a fire and the tower was added in 1897 to celebrate the jubilee of Queen Victoria. The churchyard contains the remains of a 9th century cross slab, an almshouse and sanctuary crosses. The parish minister, Rev. W. Wallace Duncan, whose wife wrote the hymn "Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me" is buried in the churchyard. Across the road from the church is Cleish Primary School which presently has a school roll of 57 pupils. In 2002 Cleish won the coveted prize as "Best Kept Hamlet". Other buildings of interest within the Conservation area are the 16th Century Cleish Castle and 18th Century Cleish House.

Information about Cleish & Blairadam Community Council and a copy of the latest Newsletter is available on the Cleish website at:-

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