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King Street, Kingussie

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LOCATION: Kingussie
PERIOD: 1900s
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: INVERNESS:Kingussie and Insh
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: Postcards
CREATOR: J Valentine & Co.
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This postcard shows a view of King Street in Kingussie. Mackenzie and Cumming the Butchers are situated on the right hand corner of the street.

The name Kingussie comes from the Gaelic for 'the head of the pinewood'. Once the capital of Badenoch, it was once a small settlement surrounded by a pine forest. In 1799 the Duke of Gordon decided that the parish needed a village and a plan was drawn up.

The planned village of Kingussie grew slowly until it was put on the main road from Inverness to Perth and Fort William by the bridging of the River Spey and the River Laggan at the beginning of the 19th century. Another boost to the village's growth came when outlying tenants were relocated to Kingussie to make way for sheep.

The railway arrived bringing more tourism in 1863 and an 18-hole golf course was opened in 1890.

Kingussie is closely associated with shinty and the Camanachd Association was formed in the village in 1893. The local shinty team, Kingussie Camanachd, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful team in any sport


This photograph is featured in Then and Now



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_CARD_0239


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