Lossiemouth Public Library
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Lossiemouth Public Library

A fishing port and resort town in the Moray parish of Drainie, situated on the Moray Firth at the mouth of the River Lossie, 6 miles (9.5 km) north of Elgin. It incorporates the communities of Old Lossiemouth, a fishing village which was laid out by the merchants of Elgin in 1764, the fishing village of Stotfield and a new section, Branderburgh, which was laid out on a clifftop to a design by George MacWilliam c.1830 and named after Colonel Brander of Pitgaveny.

Noted as a fishing port, the first of the noted 'Zulu' class of fishing boats was designed and built in Lossiemouth in 1879 and later the first seine-net vessel was also designed here.

The original port, which was moved from Spynie to its present position in 1698 after the mouth of Spynie Loch had become closed with shingle, owed its early growth to its role as Elgin's seaport but later, with the coming of the railway, developed as a marine resort. Ramsay MacDonald (1866 - 1937), Britain's first Labour Prime Minister, who was born in Lossiemouth is buried in Old Spynie churchyard. A gold-painted post box in Clifton Road commemorates the gold medal win by rower Heather Stanning in the 2012 London Olympics.

Lossiemouth has golf courses and a Fisheries and Community Museum. To the southwest at Kinnedar stand the ruins of ancient castle of the Bishops of Moray built on a site associated with St Gernadius and to the west is RAF Lossiemouth, the one time Royal Naval Air Station of HMS Fulmar.

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