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BIRSE Birse, (Parish) Gazetter of Scotland
Statistical account of aberdeenshire.
Dyce Nicol Esqr. Ballogie.
093 ; 101 ; 102 ; 103 A quotation from the Gazetter of Scotland, dated 1792.
States; that the ancient name of this Parish is said to
have been Press, meaning in Gaelic a Wood or
Thicket. A great deal of the Parish is Covered with
Natural Wood, Such as Fir, Birch, Ash, Alder,
Mountain ash, Gean, or black Cherry, Holly, Hazel, Aspen, and Oak. The name seems to have been written Preiss,
then Breiss & this was inscribed on the Communion Cups about a Century ago, in some writings it is Brass
and it now obtains the name of Birse. The Statistical Account of Aberdeenshire, states, that, "The appearance
of the Parish is hilly and mountainous. If viewed from the highest ground on its western side, it would be seen
to consist of three distinct valleys, running eastwards towards the Dee, and separated from each other
by two ranges of hills. That on the South is the largest and forms the valley of the Feugh. Its western extremity
Called the Forest of Birse; is narrow, and the appearance of it is bleak and wild; but at the distance of about
five miles from its commencement, the valley expands suddenly to a considerable breadth, improving in
appearance and in Soil, and forming the chief part of the property of Finzean.
There are abundance of Common Springs of water found in all parts of the Parish. A few Chalybeates exist
in it, though none of them are of much eminence, one of them resembling in some measure, when analyzed
the Moffat Waters, was discovered a few years ago, near the Suspension bridge of Aboyne over the Dee and was [Continued on p.2]

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