Principal Town: Elgin
Population (1991):
Area (hectares): 223694
Entry Updated: 15-JUL-2019
Local Authority Contact Information

Address: Moray Council
Council Offices
High Street
IV30 1BX
It is thought that the promontory between Lossiemouth and Burghead was the centre of a Pictish kingdom and that the pass of Grange might have been the site of the battle of Mons Graupius between Agricola and the Picts. The Province of Moray, separated from the rest of Scotland by mountain ranges, was semi-independent until the early Middle Ages when the Crown asserted its authority by planting feudalism in the area. Its history thereafter is dominated by the Bishops and Earls of Moray and great families such as the Comyns, Grants, Gordons and Duff Earls of Fife. Moray has its fair share of planned villages dating from the period 1750-1850 and isolation finally ended with the coming of the railway in the 19th century.
Fishing, farming, textiles and whisky distilling have long been an important element of the local economy although tourism and education have become important in recent years. Distilling and the multi-national Baxters Food, Group based in Fochabers, result in Moray being the largest contributor to Scotland's food and drink sector, generating 13.3% of the £10.4 billion value in 2012.
References and Further Reading
McKean, Charles (1987) The District of Moray: An Illustrated Architectural Guide. Scottish Academic Press and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Edinburgh
Oram, Richard D. (1996) Moray & Badenoch: A Historical Guide. Birlinn Ltd., Edinburgh
Peck, Sir Edward (1981) North-East Scotland. John Bartholomew & Sons Ltd., Edinburgh
Seton, M. (1978) Moray Past and Present. Moray District Library
Walker, David W. and Matthew Woodworth (2015) The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire: North and Moray. Yale University Press, New Haven and London

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