"KINLOSS, a parish in county Elgin, Scotland, 2 miles N.E. of Forres. It is bounded by the parishes of Rafford, Alves, and Forres, the Moray Firth, and the Findhorn estuary. It is a station on the Inverness and Perth and Inverness and Aberdeen Junction railway. The parish contains the village of Kinloss and post town of Findhorn. The parish is nearly rectangular in shape, measuring 3 miles by 4, and comprises about 4,000 acres, of which 2,850 are under tillage. It is generally flat, but fertile. Here are the ruins of Kinloss Cistercian abbey, founded in 1150 by David I., and subsequently given to the Bruce family, barons Kinloss and earls of Elgin. This parish, which was disjoined in 1657 from the parishes of Rafford, Alves, and Forres, is in the presbytery of Forres, and synod of Moray. The minister's stipend is £240. There is a Free church and several schools. The mansions are Sea Park and Grange Hall. The village of Kinloss is small, and situated tit the head of Loch Findhorn."
"FINDHORN, a post town and subport to Inverness, in the parish of Kinloss, county Moray, Scotland. It is situated at the embouchure of the river Findhorn, at Findhorn harbour and Burgh-head Bay. The site of the town has twice been removed in consequence of the encroachment of the sea. Here is an extensive herring fishery, and the place is noted for its haddock. It is a burgh of barony, and contains a Free church and library. Fairs are held on the second Wednesday in March, July, and October (old style)."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003