Arran  Buteshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Arran like this:

Arran, island, forming part of Buteshire, in Firth of Clyde, 20 miles long by from 8 miles to 10½ miles broad; area, 165 sq. m.; pop. 4730. The surface in the N. and NW. is rugged and mountainous, rising in Goatfell to 2865 ft. Of the entire area of 105,814 ac. about 14,431 are cultivated. ...

Cattle and sheep are reared, and the herring fishery on the coast is considerable. The island has two good natural harbours -- Lamrash Bay on the SE. side- and Loch Ranza on the NW. Brodick Castle, on Brodick Bay, is a seat of the Duke of Hamilton, to whom most of the island belongs. Many parts of A. are traditionally connected with Robert the Bruce. It is celebrated for its interesting geological and botanical features; also for its antiqui ties, consisting mainly of prehistoric circles and Norse or Danish forts. During the summer the island is a favourite residence for those in search of health and recreation, and steamers ply between it and ports on the Clyde. There are 2 pars., Kilmory and Kilbride.

The location is a central one within the island, but referencing the New Popular map results in an excessively close view.

Arran through time

Arran 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 Arran itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 28th October 2021

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