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Dufftown

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Dufftown is a burgh in Moray, Scotland.Dufftown is in the ancient parish of Mortlach (Mòrthlach). The old Kirkton of Mortlach, with its historic church, is on the southern outskirts of the present town. In the 19th century, James Duff, 4th Earl Fife, established Dufftown as housing for soldiers returning home from the Napoleonic War.In the Middle Ages, Mortlach (in Latin Murthlacum) was an episcopal see.Dufftown hosts a highland games event every July which attracts many tourists.Dufftown's notable buildings include Balvenie Castle, which was partly built with stones from the ruins of nearby Auchindoun Castle. The street plan of Dufftown is mainly four main roads meeting at the Dufftown Clock Tower; previously a prison but now a tourist information centre.Episcopal seeThe Diocese of Mortlach was one of Scotland's 13 medieval bishoprics. The names of four bishops of the see are known: Beóán of Mortlach (fl. 1012) "Donercius" "Cormauch" Nechtan, who transferred the see to Aberdeen in April 1132, during the reign of King David I of Scotland. Today, the Diocese of Mortlach, under its Latin name of Murthlacum, is a titular see of the Catholic Church.
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