Haughs of Cromdale

The fertile low-lying haugh lands between the River Spey and the Hills of Cromdale in Highland Council area are known as the Haughs of Cromdale. These lands were acquired by the Grants in 1609 and subsequently erected into a burgh of barony with a view to developing a market centre. Overshadowed by the creation of the new town of Grantown on Spey in the 18th Century, the old township of Kirktown of Cromdale eventually dwindled to nothing although the hamlet of Cromdale survived, thanks to the expansion of tree planting on the Strathspey Estate. On 1st May 1690 a Highland army under General Buchan was overwhelmed by the Dragoons of Sir Thomas Livingstone in the Battle of Cromdale, an event that brought to an end James II and VII's hopes of retaining the thrones of England and Scotland with Scottish support.

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