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Port-Gordon, a fishing village in Rathven parish, Banffshire, 2½ miles SW of Buckie, 3¾ E by S of the mouth of the Spey, and 5½ NE of Fochabers. Founded in 1797 by the fourth Duke of Gordon, it ranks as a creek of the port of Banff, and does some trade in exporting grain and importing salt and coals. Its 99 fishing-boats employ 200 men and boys; and its artificial harbour, having fallen into decay in spite of repeated renewals and enlargements, has been superseded by a new harbour, which, formed in 1870-74 at a cost of £15,000 by the Duke of Richmond, comprises two breakwaters, two piers, a quay berthage of 1400 feet, and a basin 3 acres in area. A good water supply was introduced in 1884. Pop. (1841) 457, (1861) 630, (1871) 970, (1881) 737.—Ord. Sur., sh. 95, 1876.

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