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North Bute, Buteshire

Historical Description

BUTE, NORTH, a new parish, taken out of the parish of ROTHESAY, in the isle and county of BUTE, 1½ mile (N. W.) from Rothesay, containing, with the island of Inch-Marnock and village of Port-Bannatyne, 1091 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises about half the island of Bute, owes its origin to the erection and endowment in 1835, by the late Marquess of Bute, of an elegant church for the accommodation of the inhabitants in the northern portion of the parish of Rothesay. The district was disjoined from Rothesay, and erected into a separate parish, in June 1844 by a decree of the court of teinds, and plantation of kirks, under the name of North Bute. The church is pleasantly situated in a valley between Kames bay on the east, and Etterick bay on the west; and the erection and endowment, and the building of the manse, with other expenses attendant on the completion of the marquess's design, were estimated at £8000. The stipend of the minister is £150, with an allowance of £12 in lieu of glebe, and £10 for communion elements. The members of the Free Church have a place of worship, with a school, at Port-Bannatyne, and a parochial school is situated, rather inconveniently, at Etterick, and supported by a salary from the marquess's family, and by the fees.-See PORT-BANNATYNE.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis