"Jura, island and par., Argyllshire, -- island, one of the southern or Islay group, and the fourth largest of the Inner Hebrides, is separated on the S. from Islay by the Sound of Islay, on the E. from Knapdale and Lorne by the Sound of Jura, and on the N. from Scarba by the Gulf of Corryvreckan; greatest length, 27 miles; greatest breadth, 8 miles; pop. 773; par. (including also the islands of Balnahua, Garvelloch, Lunga, Pladda, Scarba, and Skervuile), 93,799 ac., pop. 946; P.O. (at Craighouse and Lagg).

Jura is visited by the Clyde steamers to Islay and Oban, and has ferries at Feolin on S. coast to Islay, at Lagg on E. coast to Keills in Knapdale, and at Kinuachdrach near N. extremity of island to Craignish in Lorne. On the E. coast are roadsteads at Small Isles Harbour and Lowlandmans Bay. On the W. coast Loch Tarbert nearly bisects the island, which is traversed from end to end by a rugged range of mountains; in the S. part of the island these rise into three conical peaks called the Paps of Jura, the highest of which, Ben-an-Oir, reaches an altitude of 2571 ft. Cattle and sheep-farming is carried on, and there is some cultivation along the E. coast, but the greater part of the island is deer forest."

Extract from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887


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Year Population
1861 1052
1871 952
1881 946
1891 724