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Drumin is a small settlement in the North East highlands of Scotland. It sits at the junction of Glenlivet and Strathavon.

Historically the name has been spelled several ways: Drummin, Drummine, Drummyne and now Drumin. This is much corrupted from what would have been the original Gaelic descriptive name, one interpretation of which is "the ridge of the foggy moss", foggy in this instance meaning grassy.

Drumin lies in the district of Moray, although it formed part of Banffshire before the local authority reorganisations in the 1970's. Drumin lies within the parish of Inveravon and is situated on a terrace above the confluence of the Rivers Livet and Avon (pronounced A'an), .

The settlement includes: Drumin Farm, which housed the Drumin Museum of Country Life (sadly now closed), Drumin Farm Cottage, Drumin Cottages, The Glenlivet Community Surgery and Doctor's House, Sawmill Cottage, The Old Sawmill, Riverstone Cottages, Grianan, and Drumin Smithy Croft. Depending on who draws the boundary it can also include Little Dalrachie, since this has, historically, been included in the tenancy of Drumin Farm.

Drumin lies within the Glenlivet Estate, which is owned by the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate obtained Glenlivet, along with the Fochabers and Auchindoun Estates, from the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in lieu of death duties in 1937. The lands of Glenlivet and Strathavon had been possessions of the Dukes of Gordon, and latterly Richmond and Gordon, since they were acquired from the Grandson of Alexander Stewart in 1490.

The settlement takes its name from Drumin Castle, which is situated on a vantage point looking along Strathavon and Glenlivet. This location is ideal for a fortified site and it is thought that the current castle superseded Iron Age and possibly Bronze Age settlements at the same location. The Castle today stands in the garden grounds of Drumin Farmhouse which was once the residence of the Duke of Gordon's Factor.

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