Bute  Buteshire


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

Bute, island, in Firth of Clyde, separated from Argyllshire by Kyles of Bute, a narrow channel less than 1 mile wide. It is distant 5 miles from the Ayrshire coast and 6 miles from Arran; is 16 miles long, and from 3 miles to 5 miles broad; area (including Inch marnock), 31,836½ ac., pop. ...

10,998. The coast is rocky, and in the interior are several small Lochs, the principal of which are Lochs Fad and Ascog. The soil is light and gravelly, but produces excellent crops. There is no lack of soft red sandstone, slate, and whinstone, while grey granite is also found. The island is celebrated for its salubrious climate, which makes it a favourite resort of invalids. Rothesay, a fashionable watering-place, is the chief town; 4 miles S. is Mountstuart, a seat of the Marquis of Bute.

Bute through time

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 Bute itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th October 2021

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