In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Pluscarden like this:
Pluscarden, in co. and 6 miles SW. of Elgin; P.O.; Pluscarden (or Pluscardine) Abbey, in valley of same name, was founded as a Cistercian house in 1230, and is now a well-preserved ruin; the Book of Plus-carden, an early history of Scotland, is supposed to have been written by a monk of the abbey about 1461.
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 Pluscarden has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Moray. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Pluscarden and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pluscarden in Moray | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th March 2014
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