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Nairnshire volume 06

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This volume contains information on place names found in the parishes of Nairn and Cawdor.

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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
NAIRN [parish]Nairn Nairn Nairn Nairn Nairn Nairn Nairn NairnOld Statistical Account New Statistical Account Sheriff's List of Parishes Fullarton's Gazetteer of Scotland Shaw's History of the Province of Moray Registrar's Returns 1862 Valuation Roll for 1868 Mr. Peter Falconer, Inspector of Poor.001 ; 002 ; 004 ; 005 ; 007 ; 008The parish of Nairn is in the Presbytery of Nairn Synod of Moray. It contains the Municipal and Parliamentary Burgh of Nairn except a small portion of the former Burgh which belongs to the parish of Auldearn. The parish of Nairn is bounded on the north by the Moray Firth; on the east, by the parishes of Auldearn and Ardclach; on the south and south west the parishes of Cawdor, and Croy and Dalcross; and on the west by the parish of Ardersier. A detached portion of Cawdor parish is situated between the parishes of Nairn & Auldearn but there are no detached portions of Nairn parish. In the environs of the town, and along the coast by Delnies, as also about Kildrummie the soil is light and Sandy. On the river side, it consists of sand mixed with a kind of mortar or clay. The south side of the parish is rather of a rich and heavy mould. On the north side of the river the ground is flat and level; and on the south, it rises with a gradual ascent; terminating, at one corner of the parish in the hill of Urchany. There is no detached portion of this Ph. [Parish] in any other Nor is there a detached portion of any other in this. A detached portion of Cawdor Ph. [Parish] situated between the Phs, [Parishes] of Auldearn and Nairn is drawn with Nairn Ph. [Parish] and is in this Name Book No
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County of Nairn
Parish of Nairn

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
CAMPERDOWNCamperdown Camperdown Camperdown Adam Davidson Esqr. T C [Town Clerk] Nairn Burgh Maps 1832 Mr Cameron Occupier001A Farm Steading dwelling house and outoffices one Storey high thatched and only in tolerable repair the property of Sir James Alexander Dunbar Bart [Baronet] BoathNo
TORTOLA WELLTortola Well William Grigor Esq. Solicitor, Elgin, Proprietor Adam Davidson Esq Town Clerk, Nairn 001This is a Spring Well situated close to the high Water Mark of the Moray Firth, and to the North of the farm Steading of "SeabanK". This is a celebrated Well Know Well, and Know as Tortola Well, the story goes thus how it received the name. "A Gentleman lost his health in the Island Of Tortola, his Case was hopeless, he dreamed of this [Cr??on] and was told, in the dream that the water of a Well here would cure him - he came to Nairn and spent several days among the bushes and discovered a Well & from that moment felt Cure to be certain - change of Climate - habits, Air, food, exercise, drinking pure cold spring water instead of Jamaican Rum & Water, all aided by his own imagination effected a perfect cure - and Doctors said that a Similar course would cure anybody without a Dream - JMNo
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County of Nairn
Parish of Nairn

[Arrowed to health] on the Island of Tortola

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
HILL OF URCHANYHill of Urchany Hill of Urchany George Mackintosh Esq. Geddes by Nairn William Alexander Stables Esq. Cawdor Castle004This hill is densely wooded and is situated in the parishes of Nairn and Auldearn, but principally in the former and borders the parish of Ardclach.. Property of G Mackintosh Esq. Geddes; and Mr. Brodie of Lethen. Some doubt seems to exist as to what this name applies, that is, whether it comprehends the whole of the wooded range or only the portion north of the point called,The Ord. The authorities quoted herein think that the names or places are independent of each other and consequently this has been adopted.No
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County of Nairn
Parish of Nairn

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
HIGHLAND RAILWAYHighland Railway Highland Railway Highland Railway Highland RailwayAndrew Dougall Esq. Secretary, Inverness Company's table of Bye Laws etc Company's table of Tolls, charges etc Company's and other Time Table etc 001 ; 002This Railway has direct communication by a single line of rails between Bonar Bridge and the City of Perth; and from Inverness to Keith. Its route lies through the heart of the Highlands and presents to tourists and others travelling in search of the picturesque, opportunities for viewing the magnificent scenery through which the line passes, which for cheapness and convenience, are unattainable in any other part of Scotland abounding in Scenery of a similar nature. Electric Telegraph communication exists throughout the whole length of the line which is the property of the Highland Railway Company whose head office is at Inverness.No
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Parish of Nairn

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
SANDOWN COTTAGESandown Cottage Sandown Cottage Sandown CottageMr Smith Occupier Mr McKay, Newlands of Delnies Mr McKenzie, Easter Delnies001A neat little Cottage situated in Tradespark. it is two storeys high slated and in good repair the property of the burgh of NairnNo
BALBLAIRBalblair Balblair BalblairCol. [Colonel] Findlay proprietor A Davidson Esq, Town Clerk Nairn Valuation Roll 1865-6004A plainly built Mansion House without any ornamental ground attached, it is two stories high slated and in good repair, the property of Col. [Colonel] Findlay, Balblair.No
LOCHDHULochdhu Lochdhu LochdhuRobert Anderson Esq A. Davidson Valuation Role 1865-6001A farmhouse and outoffices from one to two stories high slated and in good repair, the property of Robert Anderson Esqr. LochdhuNo
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TRADESPARKTradespark Tradespark Tradespark TradesparkAdam Davidson Esqr. Clerk of Supply, Nairn Mr McKenzie Easter Delnies Mr McKay, Newlands of Delnies Valuation Roll 1865-6 001Applied to a number of Croft houses. Ranging between one and two stories high partly thatched and partly slated, And in good repair the property of the burgh of NairnNo
NEWLANDS OF DELNIESNewlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Adam Davidson Esqr Mr McKay tenant Valuation roll 1865.&. 6001A farmhouse and outoffices, one storey high slated and in good repair, the property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
MOSS-SIDEMoss-side Moss-side Adam Davidson Esqr Mr. Peter Falconer, Inspector of Poor Nairn. 001 ; 004Applied to a number of Cot houses all of which are one storey high, and mostly Composed of wood, in middling repair, the property of the burgh of Nairn.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
EASTER DELNIESEaster Delnies Easter Delnies Easter DelniesMr McKenzie Easter Delnies Adam Davidson Esqr. Valuation Roll 1865.6001A farmhouse and Outoffices, the farmhouse is two storeys high & slated, the outoffices are one storey high and thatched, all in good repair. The property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
NEWTONNewton Newton NewtonHarry Robertson Esqr Proprietor & Occupier Adam Davidson Esq. Town Clerk Valuation Roll 1865.6001A mansion House farmhouse and outoffices, the Mansion House is plainly built, And is two storeys high slated and in Excellent repair, the farm steading is one storey high, slated and in good repair the whole is the property of Harry Robertson Esqr. of NewtonNo
ACHAREIDHAchareidh Achareidh AchareidhAugustus Clark Esqr Proprietor Adam Davidson Esqr Valuation Roll 1865-6001A plainly built mansion House, two storeys high, slated and in good repair the property of A. Clark Esqr, Achareidh.No
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[Achareidh - note written on page] This name is altered at the request of the proprietor, who was sick when the examiner called and the examiner entered here the proprietor for the mode of spelling which he received from the servant man

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
HOUSEHILLHousehill Househill HousehillCol [Colonel] Bayley, R.H.G. George Andrews, occupier Househill by Nairn Mr Falconer Inspector of Poor Nairn001Applied to a Mansion House, farm steading and outoffices, the Mansion House is in the Modern style of Architecture and is very pleasantly situated on an eminence Commanding an excellent view of the Moray Firth and town of Nairn, it is three storeys high slated and in excellent repair, the farm steading is from one to two storeys high slated and in good repair, the whole is the property of Col. [Colonel] Murray of Lodgehill East, Nairn No
BALMAKEITHBalmakeith Balmakeith Balmakeith Mr Malcom occupier Mr Andrew, Tenant of Farm, Househill Mr Falconer, Inspector of Poor 001A farm steading and outoffices, one storey high slated and in good repair, the property of Sir J. Dunbar of BoathNo
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MILLFIELD COTTAGEMillfield Cottage Millfield Cottage Millfield Cottage Mr Leslie occupier Mr Falconer Mr Andrew001A handsome Cottage pleasantly situated at the south end of the town of Nairn, it is two stories high slated and in good repair, the property of Messrs. Cant also the residenceNo
NAIRN MILLS (Corn & Flour)Nairn Mills Nairn Mills Nairn Mills Mr Leslie Mr Falconer, Inspector of Poor Mr Andrew, Tenant of Farm Househill 001Applied to the Corn & Flour Mill situated at south end of the Town of Nairn, they are two storeys high slated and in good repair, the property of Messrs. Cant, Millfield Cottages. No
FIR HALLFir Hall Fir Hall Fir HallMr Cameron proprietor and Occupier Mr Falconer Mr Andrew001A neat plain built Mansion House situated on the eastern bank of the River Nairn, it is two storeys high slated And in good repair, the property of Mr Cameron,No
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LARKFIELD HOUSELarkfield House Larkfield House Larkfield House Adam Davidson Esqr T.C. [Town Clerk] Nairn Burgh Map 1832 Mr William Munro Governer Nairn Poorhouse001A near private Mansion two storeys high slated and in good repair adjacent to the Town of Nairn the property of Dr. [Doctor] Gregor Nairn.No
NAIRN BREWERYNairn Brewery Nairn Brewery Nairn BreweryAdam Davidson Esqr. Sign board Mr James Grant occupier 001A very Small Brewery built of wood from one to two Storeys high only in tolerable repair the property of Alexander? Matheson Esqr. M.P for Ardross Castle Ross-shireNo
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NAIRN UNION POORHOUSENairn Union Poorhouse Nairn Union Poorhouse Nairn Union PoorhouseAdam Davidson Esqr. T.C. [Town Council] Nairn Mr William Munro Governer Boards Rules etc etc001This is a large Substantial Stone building from one to two Storeys high, Slated and in very good repair. It was built about 5 years ago for the Poor of the following eight Parishes Viz Parish of Nairn 20 Shares or Paupers PH [Parish] Petty 10 Shares or 10 Paupers Ph [Parish] Cawdor 9 Ph [Parish] Auldearn 8 Ph. [Parish] EdinKillie 8 Ph. [Parish] Ardclach 7 Ph [Parish] Croy 7 and Ph [Parish] Ardersier 6 Shares in all 75 Shares or as many Paupers It can accomodate as many as a 100 paupers. "The Nairn Union Board" Consists of 11 Members three are appointed by the Parochial Board of the Ph [Parish] of Nairn two by the Parochial Board of the Ph [Parish] of Petty and one by each of Six remaining Parishes In case any other Parish wishing to join the Combination the Board are at liberty to receive it on the same conditions that they themselves entered on viz in proportion to the Shares. No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
NAIRN CEMETERYNairn Cemetery Nairn Cemetery Nairn CemeteryA Davidson Esqr Town Clerk Nairn Mr Falconer, Inspector of Poor, Nairn Plan of Cemetery001A public Cemetery situated about half a mile from the town of Nairn, and on the road between that town and Grantown. It is of Considerable extent and tastefully laid out, it is the property of a Company of ShareholdersNo
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Entry on original page for Blackpark has lines drawn through and is marked - Copied into Auldearn Parish

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
MILL ROAD [Nairn]Mill Road Mill Road Mill Road Mill Road Alexander Falconer Adam Davidson Esq. Town Clerk Nairn Peter Falconer, Inspector of Poor Valuation Roll for 1867-68 001This road extends from the junction of Church Street with Church Road to Nairn Mills south of the Railway. The houses are from one to two Stories chiefly thatched and in good repair. The property of Various personsNo
DRUMDIVANDrumdivan Drumdivan Drumdivan Alexander Stables Esq. Factor, Cawdor Castle Mr. Macrae, Blackcastle Mr. Macdonald, Tenant004A farmhouse and Out Offices one storey high thatched and in good repair property of the Right Honourable the Earl of CawdorNo
BLACKCASTLEBlackcastle Blackcastle BlackcastleAlexander Stables Esq. Mr Macrae, Tenant Mr Macdonald, Drumdivan004A farmhouse and out offices one Storey high thatched, and in good repair Property of the Right Honourable the Earl of Cawdor, Cawdor CastleNo
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HOWEFORDHoweford Howeford Howeford Valn. [Valuation] Roll. 1865-6 Mr McBeth. (Occupier) Mr. A. Davidson Town Clerk Nairn 004[Situation] In the parish of Nairn. A small farmsteading having a dwelling and storey thatched, and a large wooden shed for offices, the whole in bad repair. Occupied by Mr McBeth. The property of Major Rose KilravockNo
BROADLEYBroadley Broadley BroadleyValn. [Valuation] Roll. 1865-6 Mr A McGlashan (Occupier) Mr A. Davidson004[Situation] In the parish of Nairn A large farmsteading dwelling house 2 storey's slated and a number of offices one storey thatched all in a fair state of repair Occupied by Mr A McGlashan, farmer. The property of J. Grant Esqr. Advie. Strathspey.No
RAITKNOCKRaitknock Raitknock Raitknock Valuation Roll 1865-6 A. Davidson Esq; Mr. A. McGlashan004[Situation] In the extreme N.E. [North East ] of the parish of Cawdor Det. [Detached] A small farmsteading dwelling house & offices, one storey high - former slated latter thatched Property of the Earl of Cawdor, Cawdor Castle by NairnNo
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
CROOKCrook Crook Crook Crook Valuation Roll for the Ph. [Parish] of Nairn. 1865-6 Mr N. Malcom (Occupier) Mr A. Davidson, Town Clerk, Nairn004A large farmsteading lately erected having a good dwelling house 2 storys, slated with excellent offices one storey also slated and the whole in good repair Occupied by Mr. Malcolm, Farmer. The property of Colonel Murray Lodgehill East Nairn.No
WESTFIELDWestfield Westfield WestfieldValn. [Valuation] Roll. 1865-6 Mr. Malcolm (Occupier) Mr. A. Davidson004A small farmsteading dwelling house one story offices and all thatched & in bad repair this place is now let with the farm of Crook and the two form one holding, both are worked by Mr Malcolm of Crook. The property of Colonel Murray Lodgehill East, NairnNo
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SEABANKSeabank Seabank Seabank A. Davidson Esqr. Town Clerk Nairn Mr. Falconer Nairn Valuation Roll for 1865-6 001A farmsteading and out offices one storey high partly slated and partly thatched, all in good repair, property of J. Grigor Esqr. Elgin.No
MORAY FIRTHMoray FirthFor Authorities and Descriptive Remarks see Name Book of the parish of Inverness 1/2500 Work.No
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WESTER ALLANAHAWester Allanaha Wester Allanaha Wester Allanaha Mr Morrison tenant Mr Falconer Nairn Copy of Lease (Date 1841)004A farmhouse and outoffices from one to two storeys high slated and in good repair the property of G McIntosh Esqr. Geddes.No
RIVER NAIRNFor Authorities and Description see Name Book of the parish of AuldearnNo
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River Nairn Not navigable in the 1/2500 work

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LITTLE KILDRUMMIELittle Kildrummie Little Kildrummie Little Kildrummie Valuation Roll 1865-6 Mr. A. Davidson Clerk of Supply & Banker Nairn Mrs Riddell (Tenant) 004A large farmsteading having a good dwelling house 2 storeys slated with a good set of offices one storey, slated. all in a good state repair. Occupied by Mrs Riddell. The property of Major Rose Kilravock. Nairn.No
MEIKLE KILDRUMMIEMeikle Kildrummie Meikle Kildrummie Meikle Kildrummie Valn. [Valuation] Roll 1865-6 Mr. A. Davidson Mr. A. Anderson (Tenant)004A very large farmsteading Consisting of an excellent dwelling house 2 story's with 2 Courts of offices and a few wooden sheds, all in good repair. This is one of the largest, farmsteadings in the neighbourhood. The property of Major Rose Kilravock, Nairn.No
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MOSS-SIDEMoss-side Moss-side Moss-side Valn. [Valuation] Roll. 1865-6 Mr. A. Davidson, Town Clerk Mr A, Ritchie, Proprietor & Tenant004A small dwelling house one story offices one, all thatched and in a fair state of repair. There is a small farm of land belonging to this house, (the enclosures in which it stands) occupied by Mr. A Ritchie. Proprietor.No
MOSSHALLMosshall Mosshall Mosshall Valn. [Valuation] Roll 1865-6 Mr. A. Davidson Mr Smith (Tenant) 004This name is at present applied to two small dwelling houses, one of which is 2 storey's and slated, the other one storey & thatched, both in bad repair The property of Earl of Cawdor.No
NEWLANDS OF DELNIESNewlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Valn. [Valuation] Roll 1865-6 Mr. A, Davidson Mr. J. McKenzie Tenant Mr A, McArthur Tenants004This name applied to two small dwelling houses (on this plan) There are others in the neighbourhood bearing the same name. There is a small farm attached to each house, they are each one storey thatched & in bad repair. The property of Earl of Cawdor.No
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ALTON BURNAlton Burn Alton Burn Alton Burn Alexander Falconer S.S. [Sheriff Substitute] Adam Davidson, Town Clerk Peter Falconer Inspector of Poor. 001A small stream having its source in the Loch of the Clans and flowing Westward through the Tradespark to the Moray Firth into which it empties its waters a short distance to the east of the point where the Municipal boundary of the burgh of Nairn leaves the Firth on the east side of the town.No
BLÀR NAM FIADHBlàr nam Fiadh Blàr nam Fiadh Mr. Tulloch, Wester Kildrummie, Croy Mr. Donald Kennedy 004This name meaning the Deer Moss is applied to an extensive peat moss on Major Rose's Property. The Highland Railway passes over it at a point twelve miles from Inverness. The name is also applied to a portion of Moss in the parish of Nairn lying adjacent to that in this parish.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
AUCHNACLOICHAuchnacloich Auchnacloich Auchnacloich A Davidson Esqr. Town Clerk Mr Falconer. Inspector of Poor Valuation Roll 1865-6 004A farm house and outoffices, two storeys high slated and in excellent repair, the property of Sir J.A. Dunbar, Boath.No
AULDEARN BURNAuldearn Burn Auldearn Burn Auldearn Burn Revd [Reverend] James Reid, Auldearn Mr Adam Laidlaw, Auldearn Mr John Mann, Auldearn 004A stream collecting on the south west side of the Parish of Auldearn and flowing nearly in a northerly direction till it reaches the village of Auldearn, thence it flows east till it falls into the River Nairn. The whole of its course is through cultivated land. There are three corn mills on it & its natural course has been straightened, & now forms a drain from end to end.No
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[Signed] CW Wilson Cap. R.E. [Captain Royal Engineers]

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KEBBUCK STONE (Sculptured)Kebbuck Stone (Sculptured) Kebbuck Stone (Sculptured) Kebbuck Stone (Sculptured) Kebbock Stone Cabbac StoneWilliam A Stables Esqr. Factor, Cawdor Mr George Cuthbert, Castle Delnies Mr. Peter Mackenzie, Newlands of Delnies New Statistical Account Fulleraton's Gazetteer001The "Kebbuck Stone" is a rough standing slab of grey Sandstone; greatest height 6 feet, extreme breadth 4 ft 2 inches; varying in thickness from 14 to 9 inches thickest and in ground, the Stone leans from the upright 9 inches northwards. The west of Inverness-shire face is smooth, having evidently been the bed of the Stone while yet it lay in its quarry; the artificial markings on this face consist of a circular figure 16¼ by 15½ inches, from which branch off a few lines apparently indicative of a rude Iona cross; only if so the lower half of the upright limb is now extremely effaced. The east or Nairn face is rough and dented, having on it a circle 11 inches in diameter with a cross scratched within it; to the Circle's right are various markings (one elliptic with various cuttings within it, another an obtuse angle with a hole at its lower end) having no apparent design, while to the left is a mason like mark: the circle together with the elliptic and angular figures may be ancient; but the mason like mark, the cuttings within the ellipse and the hole at the end of angle are most likely modern and the work of idle boys. There is no appearance of skilled labour about this Stone, all its markings whether ancient or modern having apparently been effected by repeated scratches with an iron point. The Kebbuck Stone stands on a little grassy hillock. Various are the local traditions regarding the origin of this Stone. 1st That the Danes used it as a mooring post for their invading Galleys; the only fact in favour of this tradition is the close proximity of the old beach line of the Moray Firth; but so far as known to the Examiner this tradition has no support from written records. 2nd That a thief having stolen a cheese (date ancient but unknown) from Inverness Market, he was here overtaken, slain and buried, and this is his monumental Stone; with the effigy of his crime, the Kebbuck - anglice cheese - scratched upon it. Fullartons Gazatteer notices this tradition Vol [Volume] 1 Page 69 it is written "Where this Parish ie. Ardersier is divided from Nairnshire, there is a stone about 6 ft [feet] high and 3 broad called the Cabbac Stone, which tradition says, was erected over a Chieftain who fell in an affray in the town of Inverness" two points militate against this tradition 1st the Stone credits the thief with stealing two Cheeses and 2nd at present the locality ignores the Chieftain rank of the slain man, calling him simply a thief to whose memory it is most unlikely the locality would ever have taken the trouble to raise such a substantial monument. 3rd A local tradition makes this a covenant stone, and George Cuthbert read about 20 years ago in an old Gazetteer of Scotland, while Peter Mackenzie read recently in a small book which he has now managed to lose and is unable to remember its title, a legend somewhat as follows - In ancient times (perhaps the books supply the date) a burn ran in the slack to the west of the Kebback Stone, this steam formed the boundary between the Lairds of Delnies and Ardersier, but rainy seasons at times changed its course, which gave rise to bickerings as to the exact boundary, ending often in feud & bloodshed. On one day the antagonistic Lairds had mustered their tenants for battle when a 3rd Laird from the West Highlands named Cameron attended by a large following appeared on the scene; demanded to be made Mediator & settled the dispute, whereon ensued peace, sealed by a feast of bread, cheese & whisky, and crowned at its close by the heretofore antagonistic tenantry raising this stone as a token of perpetual peace between their feudal lords. The Circles on the stone commemorate the respective sizes of the Kebbucks furnished by each Laird to the feast, and testify to the liberality of Ardersier in so far as cheese was concerned.No
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The original document describing Kebbuck Stone includes 4 sketches of which show the general appearance of the stone.

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SUNNYHILLOCKSunnyhillock Sunnyhillock Sunnyhillock SunnyhillockWilliam Stables Esqr. Mr. William Arres Mr. John Campbell. Occupier Rent Receipt 1867.001A small poor miserable farm steading one storey high & thatched, the property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
CARSE OF DELNIESCarse of Delnies Carse of Delnies Carse of Delnies Carse of DelniesWilliam Stables Esqr. Mr William Arres Mr Alexander Campbell Mr John Campbell001This name applies to a low lying portion of land along the Moray Firth extending into Ardersier Ph [Parish] but there under a different name "Carse of Ardersier". It is partly arable, partly moorland, and a portion of it is under water at spring tides; a portion along the shore is composed of shingle and bent, on the west & south sides it is enclosed by a high natural bank, the whole Carse is thought to have been at one time under the waters of the Moray Firth. It is the property of the Earl of Cawdor.Yes
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FISHERTON OF DELNIESFishertown of Delnies Fishertown of Delnies Fishertown of DelniesWilliam Alexander Stables Esqr. Factor Cawdor Mr. Alexander Campbell Hillton Mr. William Arres Wester Delnies001A number of Small cottage houses adjacent to oneanother occupied by farm Servants and other workmen, once a fishing Village hence the name they are all of the Same Shape one Storey high thatched and in tolerable repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
HILLTONHilton Hilton Hilton W. A Stables Esqr Mr. Alexander Campbell occupier Mr. W. Arres001A farm Steading Dwelling house and outoffices one storey high thatched and in tolerable repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
WESTER DELNIESWester Delnies Wester Delnies Wester Delnies W. A. Stables Esqr. Mr. William Arres Occupier Mr Alexander Campbell001A large farm Steading dwelling house and outoffices from one to two Storeys high partly Slated and partly thatched in very good repair the property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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SCHOOL [Delnies]School School School William Alexander Stables Esqr Factor Cawdor Mr. William Arres Wester Delnies Mr. Alexander Campbell Hillton 001This is a School and Schoolmasters dwelling house under one roof one Storey high Slated and in good repair built and chiefly Supported by the Society for the Diffusion of Christian Knowledge Queen Street Edinburgh, attendance about 35 as an average - Reading writing and Arithmetic taught the Earl of Cawdor gives it an annual Sum, on whose property it is built. No
NEWLANDS OF DELNIESNewlands of Delnies Newlands of Delnies Newlands of DelniesW. A. Stables Esqr Mr W. Arres Mr. A Campbell001A Small croft a dwelling house one storey high & thatched and outhouse of wood also one Storey and thatched both only in tolerable repair the property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
RIGHOULRighoul Righoul Righoul G. MacKintosh Esqr W.A. Stables Esqr, Geddes Mr. Alexander Campbell. Newlands of Torrich004Is applied to three small dwellings which are necessary accommodations. The houses are each one storey high, thatched and in fair condition. Property of G. Mackintosh Esq. GeddesNo
CROFTOWNCroftown Croftown William A. Stables Esq. Factor Mr Alexander Campbell. Hillton001This name is applied to a place on the farm of Wester Delnies consisting of four small dwellings and the Old "Toll Bar". They are each one storey high and in fair condition. Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
VITRIFIED FORT [Castle Finlay]Vitrified Fort called Castle Finlay Vitrified Fort called Castle Finlay Vitrified Fort called Castle Finlay George Mackintosh Geddes W.A. Stables, Cawdor Mr McPherson, Torrich004On the summit of a natural eminence on the west-side and near the base of the "Hill of Urchany" a few stones are strewn about which tradition says belonged to an Ancient Castle called "Castle Finlay". In reply to his note in reference to this object, W. Mackintosh, Geddes, says:- "With regard to the vitrified Fort designated Castle Finlay or Fionlach, there is no tradition that I am aware of it, And the surmise is, that it was the site of a beacon fire in more or less ancient times". W. Stables, Cawdor, is the of the same opinion as Mr Mackintosh as to its being a vitrified Fort.No
CASTLE FINLAY004No
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28 County of Nairn Ph. [Parish] of Nairn

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
NEWLANDS OF URCHANYNewlands of Urchany Newlands of Urchany Newlands of Urchany Newlands of UrchanyWilliam Alexander Stables Esqr. Factor Cawdor Rent Receipt 1866 Mr MacIntosh Urchany Mr William Robertson Rosefield 004This name applies to five Small farms or Crofthouses adjacent to eachother, they are each one storey high thatched and in tolerable repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
BLACK MILL (Corn)Black Mill Black Mill Black Mill Black Mill William Alexander Stables Esqr. Rent Receipt 1867 Mr MacIntosh Mr William Robertson 004A Farm Steading and corn Mill, the Steading consists of a dwelling house and outoffices each one storey thatched and in good repair the Mill is worked by Water power the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
LYNEBEGLynebeg Lynebeg Lynebeg Lynebeg William Alexander Stables Esqr. Lease 1852 Mr McIntosh Urchany Mr William Robertson004A Farm Steading dwelling house and Outhouses one storey high partly Slated and partly thatched in good repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
URCHANYUrchany Urchany Urchany Urchany William Alexander Stables Esqr. Factor Cawdor Rent Receipts 1868 & 1840 Mr. William Robertson Rosefield Mr. McIntosh Occupier 004A Farm Steading dwellinghouse and 4 small croft houses adjacent to each other, the former is each one storey high partly slated & partly thatched in good repair the later is one storey high thatched and in bad repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
LYNE OF URCHANYLyne of Urchany Lyne of Urchany Lyne of Urchany Lyne of Urchany Lyne of UrchanyWilliam Alexander Stables Esqr. Rent Receipt 1865 Mr. McIntosh Urchany Mr. William Robertson Estate Plan 1861 004An old farm Steading dwelling house and out offices the former two Storeys high slated and in bad repair the later one Storey thatched and also in bad repair the property of the Earl of CawdorNo
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Lyne of Urchany Written Lyne of Urchany at the request of Mr Stables.

Black Burn Cancelled The name of this Stream is given in another place. J.C.

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
THE ORDThe Ord The Ord The Ord William Alexander Stables Esqr. Mr. Alexander Baxter, Broomhill Mr. McPherson, Torrich 004This name applies to a very Conspicuous hill at the south of the parish, on the Cawdor Estate. It lies immediately south of the Hill of Urchany and Adjacent to the boundary between the parishes of Nairn and Ardclach. It is covered with fir wood.No
MEIKLE URCHANYMeikle Urchany Meikle Urchany Meikle Urchany Mr, Stables Mr. McLennan Tenant Mr McPherson, Torrich 004A very extensive farm steading and dwelling house. The former is two storeys high, the latter one, both slated and in excellent condition. Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
BALCULCHAICHBalculchaich Balculchaich Balculchaich Balculchaich William Alexander Stables Esqr. Factor Cawdor Rent Receipt 1864 Mr. McIntosh Urchany Mr. William Robertson Rosefield 004A Farm Steading dwelling house and outoffices all one Storey high Slated and in good repair the property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
BURN OF BLARANDUALTBurn of Blarandualt Burn of Blarandualt Burn of Blarandualt W. Alexander Stables Esqr. Estate Plan Mr Mackintosh, Cawdor 004 ; 008This stream has its source from a moor situated about a mile to the south of Lyne of Urchany, whence it flows in an easterly course, during which it serves to divide for a considerable distance, this parish from that of Cawdor to Blackmill where it it takes the name of Black Burn. No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
EASTER GEDDESEaster Geddes Easter Geddes Easter Geddes George McIntosh Esqr. of Geddes New Statistical Account Old Statistical Account 004This name applies to a corn & barley mill & a sawmill & also to the dwelling houses where the old Chapel called St. Mary's is situated. The mills are driven by water power & are in good repair, so are the dwelling houses the whole being the property of G. McIntosh Esq. of Geddes. These objects were not generally distinguished by any particular name but Mr Geddes on application concluded to designate them that of Easter Geddes which was the original name of the place.No
BLACK BURNBlackburn Blackburn Blackburn Mr. Ross Ground Officer Mr. James McDonald, Littlemill Mr William Grant, Fleenes na Gael 005 ; 008A small stream which is the continuation of the Burn of Blarandualt and flowing in a Northern direction until its falls into the Muckle Burn, a short distance below the hamlet of Littlemill It separates the parish of Ardclach from that of Nairn for about 15 chains, and derives its name from the darkness of its water.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
RAITKNOCKRaitknock Raitknock Mr. McIntosh, Geddes House. Mr. C Smith, Raitloan 004[Situation] In the extreme S. [South] West of the Ph. [Parish] of Cawdor Detd. [Detached] This name applies to 3 Cottages, 1 storey high, thatched & in good repair Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
RAITLOANRaitloan Raitloan Raitloan Mr. McIntosh, Geddes House. Mr. C. Smith, Tenant Rent Receipt 1867 004[Situation] In the extreme South east of the parish of Cawdor Detached. A Farm Steading & dwelling house, 1 storey high, Slated & in good repair. Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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34 County of Nairn Parish of Cawdor (detached)

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
GEDDES BURNGeddes Burn Geddes Burn Geddes Burn Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr. C Smith Raitloan Mr McCarthur, Raitcastle.004A small stream rising near Ruguil & flowing eastward as far as Easter Geddes at which place it changes its course to the west past Raitloan & Raitknock and falls into the river Nairn a short distance below the latter place.No
RAITCASTLERaitcastle Raitcastle Raitcastle Mr. McCarthur, Tenant & Rent Receipt 1867 Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr. Smith Raitloan 004A Farm Steading & dwelling house, 1 storey high, partly Slated & partly thatched & in good repair. Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
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Transcriber's notes

Easter Allanaha [is crossed out and marked] - Cancelled see page 36

List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
EASTER ALLANAHAEaster Allanaha Easter Allanaha Easter Allanaha Mr McIntosh Geddes House Mr [& Mr] Farquhar, Meikle Geddes Rent Receipt 1868 004Farm Steading & dwelling house 1 storey high, partly slated & partly thatched, in middling repair - Partly in Ruin. Property of Mr. McIntosh, Geddes HouseNo
GEDDES HOUSEGeddes House Geddes House Geddes HouseMr. McIntosh Mr. H. Rose Heathmount New Statistical Account for Nairnshire004Mansion House & Farm steading 2 storeys high, slated & in good repair. Property of Mr. McIntosh - Situated about 3 Miles South East of Nairn.No
ST MARY'S CHAPEL (Ruins of)St. Mary's Chapel St. Mary's Chapel St. Mary's Chapel Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr. Rose Mr. C. Smith Raitloan 004This name applied to an ancient Chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, situated in the centre of a burial ground a short distance east of Geddes House. It consists of the walls only which are about 8 feet high. "At the place of Easter Geddes, are the remains of an old chapel, with a burying ground around it. In this chapel is the burying place of the family of Kilravock & here they have been interred for many generations back. Lady Kilravock & her husband Hugh Rose of Geddes, obtained a charter from King John Baliol in the year 1293, Conferring to them & to their heirs the lands of Geddes & Kilravock. The Charter of foundation of the Chapel of Easter Geddes, part of the walls of which is still extant & granted by Hugh Rose of Kilravock bears date 1473. This Chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary, & endowed with 5 £ seats of stipend, together with a small croft as a glebe & on which to erect a manse. The bull of priveleges for said Chapel is dated at Rome 26th April 1475, in the 4th year of Pope Sextus the fourth".No
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SCHOOL [Burnside of Geddes]School School School School Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr Peter Downie Schoolmaster Mr H. Rose Heathmount004A School at Burnside of Geddes for the education of Children of the neighbourhood. It is supported by a grant of 27 £ [£27] from the Society for the diffusion of Christian Knowledge, School fees & other small subscriptions. The average attendance of Scholars is about 45 & the usual branches of Education are taught. Property of Mr. McIntosh, Geddes.No
MARKET STANCE [Burnside of Geddes]Market Stance Market Stance Market Stance Mr McIntosh Mr H. Rose Mr. C Smith004A Market Stance on which a Market is held for the sale of Horses Cattle etc. on the 5th of April annually - It has no dedicatory name. Held by permission of Proprietor Mr. McIntosh, Geddes.No
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List of Names as written on the Plan Variant names Authority for spelling Situation (sheet) Descriptive remarks and/or General Observations Note?
RAIT CASTLE (In Ruins)Rait Castle Ruin Rait Castle Ruin Rait Castle Ruin Mr. McIntosh, Geddes House Mr. H. Rose Heathmount Mr. C. Smith Raitloan 004An ancient Castle situated about ¾ mile East of Geddes House. What period this Castle was erected is not know, but it is believed to have been built by Rait of that ilk & was for some time the residence of one of the Cummings & appears to have been a place of great 'strength'. The remains consists of the South, East & West walls about 50 feet high. Property of the Earl of Cawdor.No
HEATHMOUNTHeathmount Heathmount Heathmount Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr. H. Rose, Tenant Mr. C. Smith, Raitloan 004A Farm Steading & dwelling house, 2 storeys high, slated & in good repair. Property of Mr. McIntosh, Geddes House.No
BURNSIDE OF GEDDESBurnside of Geddes Burnside of Geddes Burnside of Geddes Mr. McIntosh Geddes House Mr. Rose Heathmount Mr. Falconer Poor Inspector, Nairn 004This name applies to 5 Cottages situated about ½ Mile South of Geddes House. I storey high thatched & in good repair. Property of Mr. McIntosh, Geddes House.No
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[Signed] G Herbert Bolland Capt. R.E. [Captain Royal Engineers]
18 January 1869

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OS1/22/6
NAME BOOK
OF THE PARISH OF
NAIRN
AND CAWDOR (Det)
1/2500 Scale
IN THE
Co. [COUNTY] NAIRN

[Stamped at Southampton] 29 Apr 1903

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INDEX to the Parish of Nairn for 1/2500 Work For the remainder of the Parish see Name Book for 1/500 Work

Names of Objects -- Page

Achareidh -- 8
Alton Burn -- 21
Auchnacloich -- 22
Auldearn Burn -- 22
Balblair -- 6
Balculchaich -- 32
Balmakeith -- 9
Black Burn -- 33
Blackcastle -- 14
Black Mill -- 29
Blar nam Fiadh -- 21
Broadley -- 15
Burn of Blarandualt -- 32
Burnside of Geddes -- 38
Camperdown -- 3
Carse of Delnies -- 24
Vitrified Fort called Castle Finlay -- 28
Croftown -- 27
Crook -- 16
Drumdivan -- 14
Easter Allanaha -- 36
Easter Delnies -- 8
Easter Geddes -- 33
Fir Hall -- 10
Fisherton of Delnies -- 25
Geddes Burn -- 35
Geddes House -- 36
Heathmount -- 38
Highland Railway -- 5
Hillton -- 25
Hill of Urchany -- 4
Househill -- 9
Howeford -- 15
Kebbuck Stone (Sculptured) -- 23
Larkfield House -- 11
Little Kildrummie -- 19
Lochdhu -- 6
Lynebeg -- 29
Lyne of Urchany -- 30
Market Stance -- 37
Meikle Kildrummie -- 19
Meikle Urchany -- 31
Millfield Cottage -- 10
Mill Road -- 14
Moray Firth -- 17
Mosshall -- 20
Moss-side -- 20
Moss-side -- 7
Nairn (Ph) [Parish] -- 1
Nairn Brewery -- 11
Nairn Cemetery -- 13
Nairn Mills (Corn & Flour) -- 10
Nairn Union Poorhouse -- 12
Newlands of Delnies -- 7
Newlands of Delnies -- 20
Newlands of Delnies -- 26
Newlands of Urchany -- 29
Newton -- 8
Rait Castle (In Ruins) -- 38
Raitcastle -- 35
Raitknock -- 15
Raitknock -- 34
Raitloan -- 34
Roghoul -- 27
River Nairn -- 18
St. Mary's Chapel (Ruins of) -- 36
Sandown Cottage -- 6
Seabank -- 17
School -- 26
School -- 37
Sunnyhillock -- 24
The Ord -- 31
Tradespark -- 7
Tortola Well -- 3
Urchany -- 30
Wester Allanaha -- 18
Wester Delnies -- 25
Westfield -16

Transcriber's notes

In the 5th Column Names of Objects Wester Urchany is listed but has a line drawn through it.

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