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Fort George

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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George, Fort, a strong regular fortress in Ardersier parish, Inverness-shire, on a promontory projecting into the Moray Firth, 3 miles NNW of Fort George station on the Highland railway, this being 5¾ miles WSW of Nairn and 9½ NE of Inverness. Station and fortress have each a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. Built three years after the rebellion of 1745, at an estimated cost of £120, 000, but an actual cost of more than £160,000, it covers 12 acres of ground; has a polygonal line, with six bastions; is defended, on the land side, by a ditch, a covert way, a glacis, two lunettes, and a ravelin; is bomb-proof and strong, yet could readily be assailed from neighbouring ground; and contains accommodation for 2180 men. It is the depôt of the Seaforth or 78th and the Cameron or 79th Highlanders; and its inmates numbered 1202 in 188l, of whom 948 were military.—Ord. Sur., sh. 84, 1876.

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