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Orton House, a mansion in Rothes parish, Elginshire, near the left bank of the Spey, and 5 furlongs N by E of Orton Junction on the Highland railway, this being 8½ miles W by N of Keith, and 9½ SE of Elgin. It is a large and handsome modern four-story edifice, with a massive portico and finely wooded grounds. Purchased by her great-grandfather, the first Earl of Fife, about the middle of last century, the estate belongs now to Miss Wharton-Duff, who holds 3019 acres in the shire, valued at £1794 per annum. A beautiful Gothic mausoleum, 1¼ mile NNE of the mansion, was built in 1844. It occupies the site of St Mary's pre-Reformation chapel, connected with which was a holy well, whither multitudes flocked on the first Sunday in May.—Ord. Sur., sh. 85, 1876.

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