List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Moray Firth
Moray Firth
Moray Firth
Moray Firth
Moray Firth
Moray Frith
Moray Frith
Inverness Firth (Moray Firth)
Firth of Inverness
Firth of Moray
Arthur Forbes Esq. of Culloden
C. Fraser Macintosh Esq.
Mr. George Anderson
Mr. Dallas Town Clerk
Mr. E. Fraser, Inverness Advertizer
Map in New Statistical Account
New Statistical Account of Scotland
Fullarton's Gazetteer
Blacks Map of Scotland
Admiralty Chart dated 1845
Admiralty Chart dated 1845
004 The following description is copied from Fullarton's Gazetteer Vol. 2 pages 389 & 390.
Moray Frith, a gulf in the extreme north east of Scotland; a sea rather than a bay or an estuary; the largest projection and at the same time one of the most regular, which the ocean makes into the Scottish coasts. Loosely defined, but with reference chiefly to its interior waters, it is the Estuarium Vararis of ancient geographer. Its limits as assigned by the modern geography of the country, are somewhat various, and not very distinctly understood; but, on the whole, they distribute into two easily ascertained parts, an exterior and an interior. The exterior Frith comprehends all the open sea south west of a line between "Dunscansby head in Caithness-shire, and Kinnaird's head in Aberdeenshire, onward to the inner frith between Tarbetness in Ross-shire, and Burgh-head in Morayshire. It blends with the German Ocean on the north west, and, along the artificial line of connexion with it, measures nearly 80 miles; it has the counties of Caithness, Ross, and Cromarty on the west, and measures on that side about 70 miles; and it has Morayshire, Banffshire, and Aberdeenshire on the south; and measures on that coast about 57 miles. Except at an opening on its west side, immediately north of Tarbetness, where it sends off the Dornoch Firth, and at a smaller opening on the same side 8 miles south of Duncansby head, where it expands into Keiss or Sinclair bay, it has a singularly uniform coast line, sufficiently diversified with gentle curvatures to be freed from monotony, but uncut by deep incisions, and every where marked with only tiny bays and small headlands. The principal rivers which enter it on the west are the Wick, the Berriedale, the Helmsdale, and the Brora; and on the south are the Findhorn, the Lossie, the Spey, and the Doveran. All the coasts of the Frith, from Wick to Kinnaird's head, are rich and have become industriously plied in their fisheries; and, in particular, they yield an immense quantity of herrings. _ The interior Moray Frith where it opens from the exterior between Tarbetness and Burgh-head, is about 16 miles wide. It thence projects south westward to [continued on page 4]

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