History of Pitgaveny

History of Pitgaveny

Pitgaveny is said to be Bothnagowan, where Macbeth defeated King Duncan in 1040. James Brander built Pitgaveny House in 1776 and his brother Alexander, with whom he was in business, bought a neighbouring estate so that their combined land stretched from Spynie Loch (then 6 miles long) to the River Lossie and up to Lossiemouth.

In the 1700s Spynie Loch was drained (leaving what remains today) and good arable land was reclaimed for themselves and their neighbours. Spynie Canal, designed in part by Thomas Telford, still drains the land to this day. Where once windmills worked the pumps on the canal, now we have solar panels generating energy.