North Bute  Buteshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described North Bute like this:

Bute, North, the northernmost parish of Bute island, Buteshire, bounded SE by Rothesay parish. Its church stands in the dingle between Kames and Etterick Bays, 1 mile W of Port Bannatyne, and 3½ miles NW of Rothesay; and its post-town is Port Bannatyne under Rothesay. It comprehends Inchmarnock island, and the parts of Bute island north of Rothesay burgh; and, with an extreme length and breadth of 8 and 4 miles, has a land area of 14,764 acres. ...

The natural features have been already noticed under Bute. The Marquis of Bute is the chief proprietor; but 3 others hold each an annual value of between £100 and £500,9 of between £50 and £100, and 15 of from £20 to £50. North Bute parish is in the presbytery of Dunoon and synod of Argyll; the living is worth £232. The church, built in 1836 as an extension church at the cost of the Marquis of Bute, is an elegant structure, containing 700 sittings. There is also a Free church, and, under the North Bute and Rothesay landward board, are the 3 public schools of Ballianlay, Kildavannan, and North Bute, which, with respective accommodation for 74,45, and 144 children, had (1879) an average attendance of 31,16, and 71, and grants of £37,9s. 6d., £26,3s., and £67,6s. 6d. Valuation (1881) £12,196. Pop. (1841) 765, (1861) 1140, (1871) 1166, (1881) 1206, of whom 112 were Gaelic-speaking.—Ord. Sur., sh. 29,1873.

North Bute through time

North Bute is now part of Argyll and Bute district. Click here for graphs and data of how Argyll and Bute has changed over two centuries. For statistics about North Bute itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of North Bute, in Argyll and Bute and Buteshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th December 2018

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