Art Holiday Travel and Vacation information for Moray (formerly Elginshire)

"ELGINSHIRE (or Morayshire), maritime county, in NE. of Scotland; is bounded N. by the Moray Firth, E. and SE. by Banff, SW. by Inverness, and W. by Nairn; coast-line, 30 miles; 304,606 ac.; pop. 43,788. Along the sea-coast the surface is mostly low and sandy; inland it consists of fertile valleys, divided by low hills, which gradually rise to the mountains on the S. border. In the S. a large portion of the surface is still covered by forest. The principal rivers are the Spey, Lossie, and Findhorn; the Spey and the Findhorn have salmon and grilse, and in the lochs there is abundance of trout; large quantities of haddock, cod, and ling are caught in the Moray Firth. In the lower part of the Co. farming and stock-raising are prosecuted with great success. The principal crops are wheat, oats, potatoes, and turnips. Granite occurs in the S., and red sandstone in the N. There are large quarries of freestone and a few slate quarries; whisky is distilled; and there is some ship-building at the mouth of the Spey; but otherwise the industries, besides agriculture and fishing, are unimportant. Corn, timber, salmon, and whisky are the chief experts. The Co. comprises 15 pars. and 7 parts, the parl. and royal burgh of Elgin (part of Elgin Burghs -1 member), and the parl. and royal burgh of Forres (part of Inverness Burghs). It unites with the co. of Nairn in returning 1 member to Parliament. [Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]

Blackhills Pottery
Pottery made at Blackhills, near Elgin, in the North of Scotland, fired in a 64 cubic foot wood-fired kiln. Pots in exposed parts of the kiln show the effects of fly ash landing on unglazed surfaces (known as flashing); for this reason, many of them are left unglazed or part-glazed. The glazes used on the pots are usually simple mixtures of locally dug clay, vegetable ash and feldspar.

Blackhills Pottery
Moray (formerly Elginshire) Scotland
Blackhills, glaze, wood fired, temmoku, porcelain, John Christie - Blackhills Pottery