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Kinloss


Moray

A village near the head of Findhorn Bay in Moray, Kinloss is situated on the Kinloss Burn 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Findhorn and northeast of Forres amidst rich agricultural land. Little remains of the former Cistercian abbey which was founded by King David I in 1150 and was one of the best endowed religious houses in Scotland. One of its most notable abbots was Robert Reid (d. 1558) who later became Bishop of Orkney. Responsible for running a school in which many Highland chiefs were educated, he is credited with the introduction to Moray from France of the art of grafting fruit trees. After the property came into the hands of Brodie of Lethen in 1643, the abbey stone was quarried for other buildings including the local church and Inverness Castle. To the north of the village is an RAF station established in 1939 to train heavy bomber crews.


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