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Ythan, River

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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Ythan, a smooth, slow river of Aberdeenshire, rising at the Wells of Ythan, 768 feet above sea-level, and winding 35 1/8. miles east-south -eastward, through or along the borders of Forgue, Auchterless, Fyvie, Methlick, Tarves, Ellon, Logie-Buchan, Slains, and Foveran parishes, till it falls into the German Ocean near the seaport village of Newburgh. It is a capital stream for salmon, sea-trout, and yellow trout; and pearl-mussels are still found in it when the water is low. The great pearl in the crown of Scotland is said to have been found here; and about 1750 Mr Tower, an Aberdeen merchant, got £100 sterling from a London jeweller for a lot of pearls from the Ythan. The price he had named was only £100 Scots, or £8, 6s. 8d.—Ord. Sur., shs. 86, 87, 77, 1876-73.

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