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CORTACHY and CLOVA - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"CORTACHY, (and Clova) a united parish in the county of Forfar, Scotland. It stretches some 13 miles from N.W. to S.E. along the course of the South Esk. The soil, excepting some patches on the banks of the Esk, is poor, on a cold and wet bottom. The greater part of the surface, being mountainous, is best adapted for pasture. The scenery is in many places beautifully romantic and picturesque. The Earl of Airlie is the only landowner, and has his seat at Cortachy Castle. A good road leads through the parish into Strathmore. This parish is in the presbytery of Forfar, and in the patronage of the Earl of Airlie. The stipend of the minister is £173. The church of Cortachy, built in 1829, is an elegant structure seated for 650 persons. The church of Clove is served by a minister on the royal bounty at a stipend of £81."