"Kildalton, a parish in Islay district, Argyllshire. It comprises the south-eastern part of Islay island; is bounded on the NW by Killarrow and Kilmeny; includes Texa, Cavrach, and Inersay islets, the Ardelister islands, and the islets off Ardmore Point; and contains the village of Port Ellen, with a post, money order, and telegraph office. Its utmost length, from NNE to SSW, is 18 miles, its utmost breadth is 8 miles; and its area is 48,874 acres, of which 662 are foreshore and 559 water. The coasts and the interior have alike been described in our article on Islay. The extent of land under cultivation bears but a small proportion to what is waste and reclaimable. A great many acres in the NE are under brushwood, and a good many acres are under flourishing plantations. A principal modern building is a handsome light monumental tower, 80 feet high, erected to the memory of Mrs Campbell of Islay; and the chief antiquities are remains of two Scandinavian forts, of the last Islay stronghold of the Macdonalds, and of four pre-Reformation chapels. Kildalton, the principal residence, is 5 miles NE of Port Ellen. Divided ecclesiastically into Kildalton proper and Oa, this parish is in the presbytery of Islay and Jura and synod of Argyll; the living is worth 256. The parish church, near Ardmore Point, was built in 1777. There is a Free church of Kildalton; and five public schools - Ardbeg, Glenegidale, Kintour, Oa, and Port Ellen - with respective accommodation for 92, 63, 40, 72, and 294 children, have an average attendance of about 70, 20, 25, 20, and 160, and grants of over 80, 35, 40, 36, and 230. Pop. (1881) 2271, (1891) 2027, of whom 1778 were Gaelic-speaking, and 1817 were in Kildalton ecclesiastical parish."

Extract from Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, 1896


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Year Population
1881 2271
1887 2270
1891 2027