Muir of Ord

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Ord or Muir of Ord, the southern part of the Mullbuie, Ross-shire, near the boundary with Inverness-shire. It is traversed by the public road from Inverness to Tain, and by the Highland railway, with the station of Muir of Ord, 3 miles N of Beauly; is the scene of great cattle, sheep, and horse markets, usually denominated the markets of Beauly; has a tabular or flat surface, and a sandy soil; contains two ancient standing-stones, said to commemorate a great clan fight; and adjoins a tract on the E containing a very large number of ancient Caledonian cairns and stone circles. Ord House, 1¼ mile W of the station, is the seat of Thomas Mackenzie, Esq. (b. 1797; suc. 1821), who holds 21, 229 acres in the shire, valued at £2460 Per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 83, 1881.

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