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Burghead (Scottish Gaelic: Am Broch, Scots: The Broch) is a small town in Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom about 8 miles North-West of Elgin. The town is mainly built on a Peninsula which projects north-westward into the Moray Firth, meaning that most of the town has sea on 3 sides. The present town was built between 1805 and 1809, destroying in the process more than half of the site of an important Pictish hill fort. General Roy’s map shows the defences as they existed in the 18th century but he wrongly attributed them to the Romans. The fort was probably a major pictish centre and was where carved slabs depicting bulls were found; they are known as the Burghead Bulls. A chambered well of some considerable antiquity was discovered in 1809. Each year on January 11th a fire festival known as the burning of the clavie takes place, it is thought the festival dates back to the 1700s. Burghead is often known as The Broch by locals; confusingly, Fraserburgh is also known by this name.

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