Dufftown  Banffshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Dufftown like this:

Dufftown, a small police burgh in Mortlach parish, Banffshire, 1 mile S of a station on the Great North of Scotland railway, this being 4 miles SE of Craigellachie Junction, 10¾ SW of Keith, and 64 NW of Aberdeen. With Conval and Ben Rinnes to the SW, Auchendoun Castle to the SE, and Balvenie Castle to the N, it stands, 600 feet above sea-level, within ½ mile of the Fiddich's left bank; and founded in 1817 by James Duff, fourth Earl of Fife, it is laid out in the form of a crooked-armed cross, with a square and a tower in the centre. ...

At it are a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and railway telegraph departments, branches of the North of Scotland and the Aberdeen Town and County Banks (the latter rebuilt in 1880), 7 insurance agencies, an hotel, a distillery, and lime-works. Cattle fairs are held on the third Thursday of May and September, and the fourth Thursday of all the other ten months; feeing fairs on the Wednesday before 26 May, the third Wednesday of July, and the Wednesday before 22 November. Mortlach parish church stands 3½ furlongs to the S; and at the village itself are a Free church, the Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of the Assumption (1825; 200 sittings), and St Michael's Episcopal church (1880; 130 sittings), a pretty little Gothic building this. Queen Victoria drove through Dufftown in the summer of 1867. Its municipal constituency numbered 230 in 1882, when the annual value of real property was £2300. Pop. (1841) 770, (1851) 998, (1861) 1249, (1871) 1250, (1881) 1252.—Ord. Sur., sh. 85,1876.

Dufftown through time

Dufftown is now part of Moray district. Click here for graphs and data of how Moray has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dufftown itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dufftown, in Moray and Banffshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th June 2024

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