Old Photographs High Street Elgin Scotland

Old photograph of shops, people and buildings on the High Street in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. In August 1040, the army of MacBeth defeated and killed King Duncan I at Bothganowan, near Elgin. Elgin is first recorded in a charter of King David I in 1151 in which he granted an annuity to the Priory of Urquhart. David had made Elgin a royal burgh around 1130, after his defeat of Ă“engus of Moray. The town received a royal charter from King Alexander II in 1224 when he granted the land for a new cathedral to Andrew, Bishop of Moray. This finally settled the episcopal see which had been at various times at Kinneddar, Birnie and Spynie. Elgin was a popular residence for the early Scottish monarchs: David I, William I, Alexander II and Alexander III all held court there and hunted in the royal forests.






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