This is the Fortingall Yew. The tree is *very* old.

According to legend, Pontius Pilate was born in the shade of the tree and used to play there, when a child.

The yew is at least 3,000 years old, and may be as much as 9,000 years old. If so, it would make it the oldest tree in Europe.

I wonder if his mum used to tell the young Pontius Pilate to "go wash your hands" after he was playing around the tree. 😃

@fitheach @Bella I wonder if you could use any non-invasive technology (e.g., ultrasound) to count the tree rings on a living tree.

According to the legend he was Scottish. Roman, but, Scottish.

I always thought he got a bad press from the main Christian churches here. However, I note from his WP article that he is venerated as a saint by the Ethiopian & Coptic Churches.

The yew isn't very tall, but, is very wide. It also has several trunks. I didn't photograph the trunks, as it was very dark under the extensive foliage.

I saw it a few years ago and the width makes it hard to portray / capture in a photo.

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