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Seaport and village situated at the mouth of the River Spey 9 miles NE of Elgin.

The name is probably derived from the Gaelic 'gearr magh' meaning 'a short plain'.

Dating from Medieval times, the village later rose in importance owing to the salmon fishing and smuggling trade, and by 1587 had become a Burgh of Barony for Innes of that Ilk. It played an important role in the Civil War when it was burnt by Montrose in 1645 and also as the scene of Charles II, arrival from Holland in 1650 after he had signed the Solemn League and Covenant. The village derived much of its income from the timber cultivated in the forests of Glen More, Abernethy, Rothiemurchus and Glenfeshie.

Consequently the use of this resource meant the timber-built town was dangerously exposed to the havoc wrought by the flood of 1829, leading to the cutting of the river mouth in the 20th century.

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