Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Findlater

Findlater, an estate on the coast of Fordyce parish, Banffshire. It formerly belonged to the Ogilvies of Deskford, and gave them the title of earl from 1638 till 1811. That title expired at the death of the seventh Earl of Findlater and fourth of Seafield, who was succeeded in his estates and in the earldom of Seafield by his cousin. Findlater Castle stood on a peninsulated rock overhanging the sea, 2 miles E of Cullen, and 4 W by N of Portsoy, and, with permission of the Crown, was fortified in 1445 by Sir Walter Ogilvie, knight, of Auchleven. It was one of the places which refused to receive Queen Mary on her visit to the North (1562), and is now a curious picturesque ruin. See Cullen.—Ord. Sur., sh. 96, 1876.


(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "an estate"   (ADL Feature Type: "land parcels")
Administrative units: Fordyce ScoP       Banffshire ScoCnty
Place: Findlater

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