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Findhorn

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Findhorn is a village in Moray, Scotland. It is located on the eastern shore of Findhorn Bay and immediately south of the Moray Firth. Findhorn is 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Kinloss, and about 5 miles (9 km) by road from Forres.The Findhorn Foundation, an educational charity and the associated ecovillage are located to the south of the village.HistoryOriginal settlementThe existing settlement is the second village to bear this name, the original having been a mile to the northwest of the present position and inundated by the sea. This transposition was not an overnight catastrophe but a gradual withdrawal from the earlier site during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Some sources (e.g. Graham), claim it is the third village to bear the name, perhaps erroneously assuming that the seventeenth century destruction of the nearby Barony of Culbin by shifting sands resulted in an earlier relocation.Although surely Gaelic in origin the derivation of the word "Findhorn" is not absolutely clear. It may be a corruption of Invererne and mean 'at the mouth of the river Erne' or Fionn-Dearn, "the white river Dearn", or perhaps Fionn simply referred to the white sands and breaking waves which dominate the shores.There is also the possibility that Findhorn is Gaelic "Fionn-dearna" or white palm of hand or "Fionn-dorn" which means white fist and white handle (usually handle of a sword, dagger etc.).
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