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Did you know that the oldest living thing in Europe is the Fortingall Yew - at least 2,000 years old and by some estimates perhaps 5000 or at the wildest end of the scale 9000 years old? As the heartwood has decayed, leaving two boughs rather than a single trunk, even were the protected tree cut down we could not assess its age by counting the growth rings. Local legend has it that Pontius Pilate was born beneath this tree, the son of a Roman emissary to the Picts and a Pictish girl.

Did you know that Pontius Pilate was born in Fortingall.

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