In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Nairn like this:
Nairn.-- parl. and royal burgh, seaport, par., and co. town of Nairnshire, on river Nairn and the Moray Firth, 15 ½ miles NE. of Inverness and 566 miles N. by W. of London by rail - par., 8827 ac., pop. 5368; parl. burgh, pop. 4161; royal burgh, pop. 4665; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Thursday. Nairn is a favourite watering-place. The climate is dry and bracing, and the beach is sandy and well-sheltered. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the fisheries. The harbour is small and shallow, but has been improved. Lieutenant-Colonel James Grant, C.B. (born in 1827), the African traveller, is a native. Nairn is one of the Inverness District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Nairn has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Highland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Nairn and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Nairn, in Highland and Nairnshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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