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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Moray Firth
Moray Firth
Moray Frith
Moray Frith
Revd. [Reverend] James Reid. Minister of Auldearn Parish
Mr. Adam Laidlaw, School & Registrar of Auldearn
Old Statistical Account
New Statistical Account
Fullarton's Gazetteer of Scotland.
001 ; 002 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 Varanis of Ancient Geographers. Its limits, as assigned by the modern hydrography 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 Duncansby-head in Caithness-shire and Kinnaird's head in Aberdeenshire, onward to the entrance of the inner frith between Tarbetness in Ross-shire and Burgh-head in Morayshire. It blends with the German Ocean on the north-east, and along the artificial line of connection 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 along that coast about 57 miles. Except at an opening on its west side, immediately north of Tarbetness, where it sends off the Dornoch frith, and at a smaller opening on the same side, 8 miles south of Duncansby head, where it expands into Keiss or Sinclair's Bay, it has a singularly uniform coast-line, sufficiently diversified with gentle curvature which frees from monotony, but uncut by deep incisions, and everywhere marked with only tiny bays and small headlands. The principal rivers which enter it on the west are the Wick,the Berridale, the Helmsdale, the Brora; and in the south are the Findhorn, the Lossie, the Spey and the Doveran. All the coasts of the frith from Wick round to Kinnaird's head are rich, and have become industriously plied in their fisheries; and, in particular, they yeild immense quantities of herrings, though aggregately of an inferior quality to those on the west coast of Scotland. The interior Moray firth, where it opens from the exterior between Tarbetness and Burgh-head, is about 16 miles wide. It thence projects south-westwards to Ardersier or (over)

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County of Nairn -- Parish of Auldearn

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Moray Firth - written beneath this entry in 1st column - Roman Capitals & Sheet 2 Plan 1

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