The secluded valley of Monzie has been inhabited since pre-historic times. ‘Monzie’, pronounced without the “z” is a Gaelic word meaning ‘field of corn’. Evidence of early settlement exists in the form of a standing stone, a stone circle, a packhorse bridge, and various Iron age fortifications.
In the medieval period, Monzie was an important business centre with the St Lawrence fair being held in August each year. Farmers and crofters would come down from the hills to sell their cattle and to buy supplies for the year ahead. In the 17th and 18th century Monzie was a weaving village with a population of 200 and a fine school with two schoolmasters.
In 1939 Monzie held the Rover Scout Moot, a week long camp for Scouts worldwide. It was attended by 3,500 scouts from 45 countries, and the BBC broadcast worldwide from the campfire.