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Portsoy in 1769

... Near Portsoy, a small town in the parish of Fordyce is a large stratum of marble, in which asbestos has sometimes been found: it is a coarse sort of Verd de Corsica, and used in some houses for chimney-pieces. Portsoy is the principal place in this parish, and contains about six hundred inhabitants, who carry on a considerable thread manufacture, and one of snuff: there also belong to the town twelve ships, from forty to a hundred tons burden; and there are in the parish six fishing boats, each of whose crew consists of six men and a boy.

from: A Tour in Scotland in 1769 by Thomas Pennant

[Last updated: 25 Oct 2002 - Gavin Bell]