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Moray - The Strong and Varied Moray Region

Overview

The Moray County is part of the thirty two council areas that comprise the country of Scotland. It is located at the northeaster front of the country, with its coastline facing the North Sea. It is also bounded by Banffshire to its southeast, by the Inverness County on the south and by Nairnshire to the west.

Its size lies also on the smaller side, with less than a thousand square miles of area (just 840 miles) which contains around 20 parishes. However, being so small, it contains a good number of representative towns and burghs, among which not one, but two royal burghs deserve special mention, the burghs of Elgin and Forres.

Its lands are washed by the River Spey, the River Lossie and the Findhorn River as well as by many lakes.

Short History

In the 12th century, the already existent Moray County (mainly the Morayshire kingdom) was based on Elgin. It originally extended from the west coast of the region to the River Spey on the east. This kingdom was founded by the Gaels and the Norse after defeating the Picts in the 9th century.

But this was only the beginning of the hostilities, since for generations all the kings of the region faced many invasions from the Nordic civilization. And from the south they had to face the Scottish kings, who wanted to add Moray to the Scottish realm.

Now, there is one extremely known figure that completely changed the fates of the region and even became legend. He is known as Macbeth, former king of Moray and the one who, after many years of struggle, managed to turn the tables on the Scottish kings themselves. He accomplished this by killing Duncan I in the year 1040 AD and by becoming King of the Scots after his deed.

Geographically, the Moray region sports some of the most varied landscapes in Scotland. This is mainly because of the different geographical regions that the county encompasses, going all the way from its coastlines up to the Grampian range and offering as much diversity as valleys and green clad hills all on the same area. This diverse set of lands makes not only its territory varied, but also its climate, which suits the specific farming needs of each particular micro region.

The raising of cattle and the wool and cotton industries are the base of the economy of the area. And even though here is plenty of freestone and slate that is frequently wrought, mining, for some reason, does not represent a substantial part of the county’s income

However, if one element of the Moray region had to be chosen that influenced its economy the most, it would no doubt be the river Spey. This river is used by the wood industry for transportation of floating timber as well as being a rich source of salmon, which brings great profits to the fishing industry.