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County of Nairn -- Parish of Auldearn

Moray Firth continued
or Fort George, 24 miles along the coast of Ross and Cromarty, and 22 along that of Moray, Nairn, and Inverness. Fifteen miles southwest of Tarbetness, between the north and south Sutors of Cromarty, which rise like the sides of a huge gateway to admit its ingress it projects the Cromarty frith between Ross and Cromarty. From its entrance to Ardersier, it gradually contracts, till, over a distance of 2 miles, it is only from 1 to 1½ mile broad. After passing Ardersier, it suddenly expands, and thence to Kessock Ferry at the mouth of the river Ness a distance of 9 miles, it has a mean breadth of about 3 miles; but there it suffers rapid though brief contraction to about half a mile, and, by a caprice in topographical nomenclature, loses its name, and is declared to terminate. A continuation of it 7 miles westward , by an extreme breadth of 2 miles, is called the frith or loch Beauly: See Beauly Loch. The interior Moray frith, excepts its outer skirts, presents quite a contrast to the exterior frith as to at once the wealth, the abundance, and the variety of its fisheries; and though possessing along its coasts some regular communities of fishermen, affords them such small employment, that they generally resort to the fishing- grounds north of Tarbetness.
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