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Forres, Moray

Forres is a town and former royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland on the Moray coast, approximately 25 miles east of Inverness. Forres has been a winner of the Scotland in Bloom award on several occasions. There are many geographical and historical attractions nearby such as the River Findhorn, and there are many historical artifacts and monuments within the town itself.
Post townFORRES
Administrative CountyMoray
Traditional CountyMorayshire
OS GridNJ0358
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGrampian
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01309
Population8,967 (Census 2001)

Other names by which Forres, Moray has been known in the past

Far Uis ~ Fores

Forres, Moray in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Forres, parl. and royal burgh, market town, and par., with ry. sta., NW. Elginshire, on river Findhorn, 2 miles from its mouth, 12 miles W. of Elgin, 25 NE. of Inverness, and 556 NW. of London -- par., 5440 ac., pop. 4752; royal burgh, pop. 3110; parl. burgh and town, pop. 4030; P.O., T.O., 4 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. Forres stands on an old sea terrace at the base of the Cluny Hills; and its sheltered situation and dry soil render it one of the healthiest places in Scotland. It has a few small industrial establishments, including a woollen manufactory and a chemical work; and its sta., on the Highland Ry., is at the junction of the Inverness, Perth, and Keith sections of the system. Forres Castle, which stood on Castle Hill, to the W. of the town, was a residence of the early Scottish kings; it was also for 300 years the official residence of the sheriffs of Moray. About 1½ mile E. of the town is Forres Pillar, or Sueno's Stone, one of those sculptured monuments peculiar to the NE. of Scotland. Forres and its neighbourhood is the scene of great part of Shakespeare's tragedy of Macbeth. On the S. slope of Cluny Hill is a hydropathic; 1½ mile from the town is New Forres, vil. Forres unites with Inverness, Fortrose, and Nairn in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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