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Moray, Morayshire or Elginshire, Historic County of Scotland

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  • Administrative centre Elgin
  • Chapman County Code - MOR
  • Gaelic Name Moireibh
  • Famous for:
  • Landmarks and Places of Interest
  • Auchindoun Castle
  • Ballindalloch Castle
  • Balvenie Castle
  • Distilleries - Benromach, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Macallan, Strathisla,
  • Duffus Castle
  • Lochindorb Castle
  • Area 840 square miles (475.9 Sq. Miles) (1890)
  • Population
  • Succeeded by
  • Pre 1890 the county was called Morayshire. From 1890-1918 it was Elginshire. 1918-1975 it was (the County of) Moray. 1975-Present it is Moray.

Morayshire, the County of Moray (or Elginshire) is a Land registration county of Scotland. The County of Moray is also the lieutenancy area of Moray. It is bounded in the North by the Moray Firth, East and South East by Banff, South West by Inverness, and West by Nairn. It was anciently part of a province that included the county of Nairn and a large part of the county of Banff.

The principal rivers

  • Spey,
  • Lossie,
  • Findhorn;

Civil Parishes

See also http://www.duffus.com/morayparishes.htm

Civil parish areas have been largely unchanged since the 19th century.

In 1861 there were 15 civil parishes entirely in Moray:

  1. Alves
  2. Birnie
  3. Dallas
  4. Drainie
  5. Duffus
  6. Edinkillie
  7. Elgin
  8. Forres
  9. Kinloss
  10. Knockando
  11. Lhanbryde
  12. Rafford
  13. Speymouth
  14. Spynie
  15. Urquhart

In 1861 Morayshire shared various civil parishes with three surrounding counties. Five with Banffshire:

  1. Bellie Fochabers
  2. Boharm
  3. Inveraven
  4. Keith, Moray
  5. Rothes

three with Inverness-shire:

  1.   Abernethy
  2. Cromdale
  3. Duthill

and one with Nairnshire:

  1. Dyke

The first map shows parishes post 1890. These Maps are a work in progress - I am researching further to establish which Parishes should be shown - very confusing!! CJB 28 Sep 2013 //photos.geni.com/p13/de/28/5a/78/5344483b360c4614/parishes_moray_large.jpg

The second map illustrates parishes as they were in 1890.

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OSA/NSA - Old and New Statistical Accounts

Towns and villages of the county

  • Archiestown
  • Burghead
  • Craigellachie
  • Fochabers
  • Grantown-on-Spey
  • Hopeman
  • Kellas
  • Longmorn
  • Lossiemouth
  • Mosstodloch

Related projects

For Historical information about Morayshire visit Historic Morayshire Link to follow - including connections to Historical figures, Gentry and political people connected with Morayshire. There is a very comprehensive Brief History of Moray written by Bruce Bishop online.

For Information about research in the County and Families Researched on Geni (Including Emigrants) go to Moray, Morayshire or Elginshire - Family Heads

For Famous or Notable People from Moray visit Moray, Morayshire or Elginshire - Famous People

Moray, Morayshire or Elginshire - Monumental Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Churchyards

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