Situated on the left bank of the River Spey where it flows into the Moray Firth, the Moray village of Kingston or Kingston-upon-Spey was founded in 1784 by Messrs Dodsworth and Osborne of Kingston-upon-Hull who were contracted by the Duke of Gordon to handle timber from the Duke's estates in upper Speyside. Boats of up to 500 tonnes were constructed in its dockyard and for nearly 100 years timber that had been floated down the Spey from the Forest of Glenmore was exported. In 1829 nearly all of the houses were swept away by the great flood known as the 'Muckle Spate'.

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