"URQUHART, a parish in county Elgin, Scotland, including a village of the same name. It extends in length about 4 miles, by about 3 in breadth, and is bounded by Speymouth and St. Andrews Khanbryd. The coast is flat and sandy. The surface, which is undulating and well wooded, was formerly watered by the Loch of Cotts, which is now entirely drained. Water is scarce, although there are several springs, including the well of Finfan and the abbey well, once belonging to a Benedictine monastery, founded in 1124 by David I. as a cell to Dunfermline Abbey. The parish is traversed by the road from Elgin to Fochabers. The village is about 4 miles E. of Elgin, and is situated between the rivers Spey and Lossie, on the coast. This parish is in the presbytery of Elgin and synod of Moray. The stipend of the minister is about 270. There are a Free church and a parochial school."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003

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