KENMORE, Perthshire - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"KENMORE, a parish and post-office village in the district of Breadalbane, county Perth, Scotland, 8 miles N.E. of Killin, containing Acharn, Bridgend, Blairmore, and Stronfernan. It is about 20 miles long by 9 broad, and consists of a main and two detached districts. The river Tay traverses the parish, and Loch Tay is principally within its limits. The river Lochy rises in the W. and joins the Dochart. The Lyon joins the Tay just before quitting the parish. The parish is surrounded by mountains, one of which, Benlawers, attains an altitude of 3,944 feet above sea-level. The hills are for the most part covered by extensive sheepwalks. The greater portion of the entire surface consists of moor and mountain. This parish is in the presbytery of Weem and synod of Perth and Stirling. The minister has a stipend of £254. The church was erected in 1760, and is a cruciform structure. There are three Free churches and a Baptist chapel; also two or three private schools, and some half a dozen schools supported by the public. Near Drummond Hill stands Taymouth Castle, the demesne of the Marquis of Breadalbane. The park and grounds are about 13 miles in circumference. The late Prince Consort and her Majesty stayed three days here in 1842. The marquis holds nearly all the parish. On a peninsula stretching out into Loch Tay stands the village, 23 miles W.N.W. of Dunkeld. Abridge of five arches here spans the Tay. It is a spot much visited by tourists, and has an inn, in which Burns wrote over the fireplace some lines in praise of the surrounding scenery. On a small island in Loch Tay stand the ruins of a priory founded by Alexander I. in 1122. Here, says Sir Walter Scott, was buried Sibilla, daughter of Henry I. and wife of Alexander I. The island and ruins were occupied as a stronghold by the Campbells in the civil wars of Charles I., but they were routed by Montrose. It was recaptured by Monk in 1654. A carved monument stands on the Tay bank. Limestone, slate, and quartz rock are quarried. Lead and iron ores exist, but are not worked. Fairs are held in March, June, July, September, November, and December."

"ACHARN, a village in the parish of Kenmore, in Perthshire, Scotland, 2 miles S.W. of Kenmore. It is situated near the south shore of Loch Tay, on Acharn Burn, which has a fall of 80 feet, and runs into Loch Tay."

"ARDEONAIG, (or Loch-tayside), a village and ecclesiastical district in the parishes of Killin and Kenmore, in the county of Perth, Scotland. Its greatest length is 7 miles by 3 broad. The church was built by the Marquis of Breadalbane."

"BRIDGEND, (or Kendrochad), a village in the parish of Kenmore, Breadalbane district, in the county of Perth, Scotland. It is situated in a mountainous country, on the banks of Loch Tay."

"LAWERS, a village in the parishes of Kenmore and Weem, county Perth, Scotland, 7 miles S.W. of Taymouth. It is situated under Ben Lawers, and has a mission church built by the Marquis of Breadalbane in 1833."

"STRONFERNAN, a hamlet in the parish of Kenmore, county Perth, Scotland."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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