Kilmory  Buteshire


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

Kilmory, a parish comprising the W and S sides of the Isle of Arran, Buteshire, and including the island of Pladda. Bounded NW and W by Kilbrannan Sound, S by the Firth of Clyde, and E by Kilbride, it has an utmost length from N by W to S by E of 193/8 miles, an utmost breadth from E to W of 77/8 miles, and an area of 67,099 acres. ...

The coast-line in Arran extends from the mouth of Loch Ranza, all round the W, the S, and the SE, to Dippin Head; and the interior line of boundary is principally the watershed of the island. The coast, the surface, and the chief features, natural or artificial, have all been noticed in our article on Arran, and in other articles which are there referred to. Rather less than one-eleventh of the entire area is in tillage, and nearly all the remainder is either pastoral or waste. Agriculture is the staple industry. The Duke of Hamilton is almost the sole proprietor, 1 other holding an annual value of less than £500. Kilmory is in the presbytery of Kintyre and synod of Argyll; the living is worth £341. The parish church stands 7 furlongs N of the southern shore of the island, and 10 miles SW of Lamlash, under which there is a post office of Kilmory. It was built in 1785, and in 1881 was stripped and handsomely renovated at the cost of the Duke of Hamilton. There are also Free churches of Kilmory, Lochranza, and Shiskan; and Kilmory, Little Mill, Lochranza, Penrioch, Shiskan, Sliddery, and Dongarie schools, all of them public but the last, with total accommodation for 538 children, had (1881) an average attendance of 268, and grants amounting to £297, 5s. 5d. Valuation (1860) £7729, (1883) £10,959. Pop. (180l) 2296, (1831) 3771, (1861) 3151, (1871) 2879, (1881) 2586, of whom 1909 were Gaelic-speaking.—Ord. Sur., shs. 13, 21, 1870.

Kilmory through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th July 2024

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