In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Portsoy like this:
Portsoy, seaport town and quoad sacra par. with ry. sta., Fordyce par., Banffshire - quoad sacra par., pop. 2313; town, 8½ miles W. of Banff, pop. 2091; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Portsoy ranks as a creek under Banff, and carries on trade coastwise and with the Baltic. A number of the inhabitants are engaged in the fisheries. There is an extensive distillery (Glenglassaugh) in the neighbourhood. Portsoy was made a burgh of barony in 1550; the Earl of Seafield is the superior.
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 Portsoy has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Aberdeenshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Portsoy and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Portsoy, in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th June 2013
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