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"Portnahaven, a village and a quoad sacra parish in Kilchoman parish, Islay island, Argyllshire. The vilage stands at the south-western extremity of Islay, adjacent to the islet and lighthouse of Oversay, at Rhynns Point, 10½ miles NW by W of the Mull of Oa, 15½ SW of Bridgend, and 24 SW of Port-Askaig. It occupies a picturesque, sheltered, rocky nook, on a shore often lashed with tempestuous billows; and has a post and money order office, an Established church built at the expense of Government, a Free church, and a new public school. The quoad sacra parish was constituted first by the ecclesiastical courts, and next in 849 by the court of teinds; it is in the presbytery of Islay and Jura and synod of Argyll. The minister's. stipend is £150. Pop. of village (1871) 411, (1881) 361, (1891) 345; of q. s. parish (1871) 979, (1881) 860, (1891) 869."

Extract from Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (2nd Edition), c.1896


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Year Population
1871 411
1881 361
1891 345


Year Population
(q.s. Parish)
1871 979
1881 860
1891 869
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