Moray Floods

Moray Floods

A train in the floods near Elgin.
There is little doubt that the floods of 1915 had a significant effect on life and work across Moray.

On 2 October 1915 The Northern Scot’s headlines succinctly summarized the biggest natural disaster to hit Moray since the great Moray Floods of 1829:

Disastrous Floods in the North - Unprecedented Scenes at Elgin - Traffic Blocked and Trains Delayed - Great Damage to Property and Crops - Many Bridges and Culverts Swept Away

The Northern Scot Christmas Number of 1915 recalled:

Friday 24th September 1915 was warm and pleasant – an ideal harvest day Much moisture, however, had gathered on the hills. The sky became dark and overcast, and early on Saturday a steady downpour of rain commenced, which continued without ceasing until Sunday night. The most startling effects of the flooding were probably witnessed in the Elgin district. 

There is little doubt that the floods of 1915 had a significant effect on life and work across Moray and particularly the Elgin area. Local newspapers and photographers captured the suffering and scenes for future generations and in the hope, that in the future, communities might be better prepared for such a disaster.

While the people of Moray were facing a deluge of wind and incessant rain, across in France and Flanders, on 25th September 1915, her sons were facing the hell of the first day of the Battle of Loos. On that day alone, some 79 men of Moray were killed in action.