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Gaelic: Dalais
Looking south-west with Mill Buie in the background
Grid reference: NJ124523
Location: 57°33’11"N, 3°28’1"W
Population: 138  (1971)
Post town: Forres
Postcode: IV36
Dialling code: 01343
Local Government
Council: Moray

Dallas is a small rural village and parish in Morayshire, south-west of the county town, Elgin. Its name is from the Gaelic meaning 'valley of water'.

It has a population of between 150 and 200. Although not well known, many larger settlements around the world are named after it. George Mifflin Dallas, whose family originally came from here, became the Vice President of the United States, and Dallas in the US state of Texas may have been named after him. In Australia, Dallas, a suburb of Melbourne is also named after it.

Dallas is known locally as having a good community spirit. It holds an ambitious village Gala every July in which local girls are picked to be the Gala Queen and her attendants. The gala is a bigger event than might be expected for such a small village, and attracts many visitors from surrounding areas.

There is a lot of forestry in this region. The gardens of Dallas Lodge are often open to the public. The Church of St Michael in the village dates from 1793, but is built on the site of an earlier church known from records to have been in existence in 1226.

William Anderson VC (November 1885 – 13 March 1915), a World War I recipient of the Victoria Cross, was born in Dallas.[1]

Dallas Castle

Dallas Castle is barely standing, with only one small wall remaining. Tradition says it was used by the Wolf of Badenoch as a storehouse.


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Ruins of Dallas Castle