Kilbride  Buteshire


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

Kilbride, a parish in Arran island, Buteshire. Comprising most of the E side of Arran, and including Holy Island, it extends from Loch Ranza on the NNW to Dippin Head on the SSE, and contains the post-office villages of Lochranza, Corrie, Brodick, and Lamlash. It is bounded along most of the W by the Arran watershed, which separates it from Kilmory, on the N by the Sound of Bute, and on all other sides by the Firth of Clyde. ...

Its utmost length, from NNW to SSE, is 19 ¾ miles; its utmost breadth, from E to W, is 6 miles; and its area is 38,985 acres. The surface, the principal natural features, and the chief artificial objects have all been noticed in our article on Arran, and in other articles to which that one refers. The Duke of Hamilton is much the largest proprietor, 1 other holding an annual value of more, and 1 of less, than £100. Including the quoad sacra parish of Brodick, Kilbride is in the presbytery of Kintyre and synod of Argyll; the living is worth £362. The parish church, at Lamlash, was built in 1773, and contains 560 sittings; and there are three Free churches of Lochranza, Kilbride, and Whiting Bay. Lamlash public, Whiting Bay public, Brodick, and Corrie schools, with respective accommodation for 138, 120, 99, and 66 children, had (1881) an average attendance of 68, 50, 74, and 20, and grants of £58, 17s., £52, 19s., £60, 11s., and £24, 5s. Valuation (1860) £6211, (1883) £9577. Pop. (1801) 2183, (1841) 2786, (1861) 2441, (1871) 2380, (1881) 2176, of whom 971 were Gaelic-speaking, and 1183 were in the ecclesiastical parish of Kilbride.—Ord. Sur., shs. 21, 13, 1870.

Kilbride through time

Kilbride 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 Kilbride itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 17th January 2022

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