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PARISH on the banks of the river Avon, lies
chiefly in Banffshire, and a small portion in the county
i of Moray : about 42 miles s. w. of Banff, 72 , tv.N.w. of
(Aberdeen, 8 s. w. of Aberlour, 22 s. w. of Keith, 14 s.
.■of Rothes, 22 s. by W. ot Fochabers, and 22 s. of Elgin.
'.Besides the Avon and the Spey, it is watered by the
Livet. The surface is irregular, but cannot be described
as mountainous, except the lofty region of Belrinnes,
which is mostly in this parish, and abounds in grouse.
I The district of Glen-Livet is remarkably fertile, and
noted for the excellence of its whisky, for the manu-
facture of which there are two extensive distilleries.
The sides of the river are shaded with copses of birch
POST OFFICE, James Burgess, Post Mastet,— Letters from all parts arrive every morning at five
minutes to five, and night at eight, and are despatched every morning at five minutes to five, and night
at eight. . . .....
Money Order Office open from nine in the morning until six in the evening,
and alder, and on the banks of the Spey there is a con-
si Viable extent of oak. Ballindalloch, the elegant
(nan-ion of Sir George M'Pherson Giant, Bart, is
pli asantly situated at the confluence of the Aven and
Spey. A dilapidated castle, called Drummin, and the
ruins of Castletown, are among the remains of anti-
quity. A church of the establishment, a chapel of ease,
a Free church, and a Roman Catholic chapel, are the
places of worship within the parish. Fairs are held
on the Tuesday before the 26th of May, and the second
Tuesday in July (old style) ; and another on the
Tuesday before the 23rd of November.
Asher Rev. William, Inveraven
Bennet Mr. James, Marypark
Bremner Rev. John, Glenlivet
Cooper Mr. James, Auchorachan
Creyk Mr. Alexander, (surgeon)
Fleming Mr. John, Marionburgh
Glennie Rev. James, Glenlivet
Grant Sir George M'Pherson Bart,
of Ballindalloch
Sime James Esq, Kilmichly
■Skinner Mr. James, Drummin
Smith George, Esq. Minmore
Smith John Gordon, Esq. Nevie
Stewart Rev. Robert, Tombea
Tulloclj Rev. Patrick, Glenlivet
Assemblies' School, Glenlivet,
Grant, master
Assemblies' School, Glenrinnes,
John Little, master
Parochial School, Inveraven,—
John Stewart, master
ocieties' Sck»ol, Glenlivet,—
John Cameron, master
Hay Robert, Glenfarclas
Smith George, Drummin Glenlivet,
by Ballindalloch
Burgess Jas. draper, Ballindalloch
Cooper Jas. surgeon, Auchorachan
Dunbar Thomas, Dalnashauch
Fraser John, tailor, Ballindalloch
Fraser Wm. blacksmith, Ballin-
Grant Alex., draper, Ballvhighlish
Grant James, wright, Park Cottage
Grant Peter, millwiight, Toniore
Grant William, draper, Bank head
Hay James, tailor, Ballyhighlish
Hepburn Alex. wright, Ballindalloch
M'Donald Wm. draper, Mary Park
M'Lennan William, shoemaker,—
M' William Wm. wright, Burnside
Nicol Peter, diaper, Bellyhighlish
Steward James, boot aud shoe —
maker, Tombreck [Park
Taylor James, blacksmith, Mary
Walker James, draper, Burnside
Established Church— Rev.
Chapel of Ease, Auchbreek — Rev.
John Bremner
Free Church— Rev. Patrick Tulloch
Roman Catholic Chapel, Tombea—
Rev. James Glennie, priest
To CRAIGELLACH1E. passing through
Inveraven, the Spey Side Mail, every
morning at nine
To GRANTOWN, passing through In-
veraven, the Spey Side Mail, every
evening at eight
The nearest Station, is Craigbllachie,
ten miles distant
To CRAIGELLACHIE, passing through
Charlestown, Charles M'Conachie,
three times a week
A RESPECTABLE market and post town and
parish— the latter chiefly in the county of Banff, and
extends into that of Moray— the town is 170 miles N.
of Edinburgh, 20 s.w. of Banff, 17 e.s.e. of Elgin, 50
H.e. of Aberdeen, 60 e. of Inverness, 8 s.E. of Focha-
ers, 17 s.s.w. ot Portsoy, and 12 s. of Cullen; situate
on the banks of the Isla, in the centre of an amphi-
theatre of hills. It is divided into three distinct towns,
namely, Old Keith, New Keith, and Fife Keith; the
latter, erected by the Earl of Fife, is separated from
Old and New Keith by the Isla. The old town has
declined considerably since the establishment of the
new: New Keith was begun about the year 1750, by
the Earl of Findlater, upon a barren tract of land,
feuedoffin tenements of fifteen yards by sixty; it is
formed on a regular plan of three parallel streets and
a square; in the latter are held the fairs and the weekly
markets. There ate no authentic documents to record
the origin of Old Keith, but it has certainly existed up-
waidsofsix centuries. About half a mile from the
town, on the hanks of the Isla, is a wool-carding mill ;
and in the neighbourhood are corn mills— one of the
latter, built upon an improved plan, and under the pa-
tronage of the Earl of Fife, occupies the site of the old
mill, which was known as the mill of Keith.' Three
bi anches of the respective establishments of the ' Union
Bank of Scotland, 'the 'Aberdeen Town and County
Bank," and the ' North of Scotland BankingCompauy,
are in operation here ; and besides the usual trades of
a domestic nature, there are dye works, a tan-yard, and
two good inns. On the Cairds' Hill, denoting the ' hill
« 08 vo
of friends,' are the remains of a druHical temple, near
which several tumuli have been opened, and found tu
contain various sepulchral remains. Tradition relates
that an encounter took place in Old Keith, upwards of
one hundred and fiftv years ago, b»iween ; Mr. Gordon,
of Glcngaritk, and Peter Roy M'Gregor, the leader of
a band of freebooters, who after a desperate resistance,
was defeated, himself taken prisoner; and hi< gang de-
stroyed A new church of the establishment was
opened for public worship in 1819; it is an eleuantaud
commodious edifice, in the neat modern Gothic style
of architecture, with accommodation for a congregation
of eighteen hundred, it is considered the most beau-
tiful temple for religious service in the north of Scot-
land. The Episcopalians, Seceders, a Free church
community, and Roman Catholics, have each a place
of worship. The inhabitants have the advantage of
four libraries, namely, two of evangelical subjects, a
subscription library, and a juvenile collection. The
market is held on Friday. There are four extra mar-
kets during the year— the first Thursday of March, the
third Thursday of May, the second Thuisday of July,
and the second Thuisday of October.
Botriphnie— a parish in Banffshire, and the seat
of a presbytery— is situated about four miles south of
Keith town : it extends across the whole county, from
Aberdeenshire on the east, to Elginshire on the west,
having an average breadth of about three miles: the
soil for the most pait is arable and generally speaking

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