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‘The finest town in Moray’

John R Hume highlights a parish church in a town which may date back to Roman times.


FORRES is a very attractive little town in the ‘Laigh of Moray’.

Its main street runs east-west on a ridge above the coastal plain, in a manner typical of a mediaeval burgh. Beyond its east end is Sueno’s Stone, a notable Pictish cross slab. This is a very ancient place. It is described in The Buildings of Scotland Aberdeenshire: North and Moray as ‘The finest town in Moray’, and may have been known to the Romans.

There was an Iron Age fort on Cluny Hill, immediately south of the High Street.

Sueno’s Stone dates from the 9th or 10th century, and is about six metres high. On one side is an elaborately-carved cross, and on the other four panels depicting a battle and its aftermath.

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