The History of Elgin

The City and Royal Burgh of Elgin is the administrative centre of Moray, Scotland.

Elgin is situated in a bend of the River Lossie, 36 miles east of Inverness. Named after Helgyn, the Norse general who founded Elgin in the 10th century, Elgin was one of the first Scots burghs created in the 12th century by King David I. Elgin received a further royal charter from Alexander II and in 1224 became the cathedral seat of the bishoprig of Moray when the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was finally given a permanent site.

Occupying a strategic site on the route from Aberdeen to Inverness, Elgin's ruined castle was the reputed scene of the murder of King Duncan by Macbeth.

Following the arrival of the railway in the mid 19th century, the size of the burgh doubled and today Elgin's population is somewhere in the region of 23,000. Today the city of Elgin thrives as a centre of administration, education, tourism and trade with agricultural, service and textile industries.

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