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Inch-Marnock, Buteshire

Historical Description

INCH-MARNOCK, an island, in the parish of Rothesay, and lying in the Firth of Clyde, 2 miles distant (W.) from the Isle of Bute. This island, which is situated opposite to St. Ninian's Point in the bay of that name, was anciently a settlement of Culdee monks. It was subsequently granted by Roderick of Cantyre to the monastery of Cantyre, about the year 1229, before the erection of Rothesay into a parish; and continued to form a part of that establishment till the Reformation. Inch-Marnock is two miles in length and half a mile in breadth, and comprises 560 acres, of which 120 are arable, and the remainder moorland and pasture. The surface is pleasing; and near the eastern shore are the remains of a chapel dedicated to St. Marnock.

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