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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pluscarden in Moray | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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