Kilchrenan and Dalavich


"Kilchrenan and Dalavich, par., Argyllshire, on Loch Awe, 45,980 ac., pop. 504; contains Kilchrenan, vil., on W. side of Loch Awe, 7 miles SE. of Taynuilt; P.O.; in the ancient burying-ground of Kilchrenan is a monument erected by the eighth Duke of Argyll in memory of his ancestor Cailean Mor (Great Colin), "slain on the Streang of Lorne, A.D. 1294"."

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



Episcopal Church of Scotland
St James, Ardbrecknish, Scottish Episcopal

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  • A description of Kilchrenan and Dalavich transcribed from Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland c.1896
"Kilchrenan, a post-office hamlet and a Parish in Lorn district, Argyllshire. The hamlet, lying 218 feet above sea-level at the NE boundary, is 1½ mile NNW of North Port-Sonachan pier and ferry on Loch Awe, 14 WSW of Dalmally, 14½ NNW of Inveraray, and 8 SSE of Taynuilt station on the Oban railway; and has fairs on the Friday in May and the Thursday in October before Oban, but no business is done at these, all animals being now sent to Taynuilt. The present parish, comprising the ancient parishes of Kilchrenan to the N and DALAVICH to the S, and extending along both sides of the middle reaches of Loch Awe, is bounded NE by Glenorchy-Inishail, SE by Inveraray, SW by Kilmichael-Glassary and Kilmartin, and NW by Kilninver-Kilmelfort and Ardchattan-Muckairn. Its utmost length, from NE to SW, is 13¼ miles; its width, from NW to SE, varies between 2½ and 8½ miles; and its area is 48,161 acres, of which 2208 are water. The island of Innishail (in Loch Awe), containing 27 acres, formed a detached portion of this parish till 1891, when the Boundary Commissioners transferred it to the parish of Glenorchy-Inishail. From a point 4¼ miles below its head, Loch Awe (22¾ x 3 furl. to 3¼ miles; 118 feet) stretches 12½ miles north-north-eastward, its width here ranging between 3 and 9½ furlongs. Loch AVICH (3¼ miles x 5½ furl. ; 311 foot) sends off a stream 1½ mile east-by-southward to Loch Awe; Loch Nant (7½ x 2¾ furl. ; 605 feet) lies on the Muckairn boundary; and forty-five smaller lochs and tarns are dotted over the interior and along the confines of the parish. The surface, hilly everywhere but hardly mountainous, culminates at 1777 feet on the south-eastern, and 1407 on the south-western boundary. Lesser heights are Cruach Achadh na Craoibhe (907 feet), Bealach Mor (846), Maol Mor (1202), and Meall Odhar (1255) to the NW, Tom Barra (1052) and Creag Ghranda (1406) to the SE of Loch Awe. Slate is the principal rock. Some excellent arable land and natural pasturage, with not a little valuable wood, are on the shores of the lake; and the heather, that once clothed all the hills, has, since the introduction of sheep-farming, often given place to grass. Mansions, noticed separately, are EREDINE and SONACHAN. Kilchrenan and Dalavich is in the presbytery of Lorn and synod of Argyll; the living is worth £195. The parish church, at Kilchrenan hamlet, and Dalavich chapel of ease, near the W shore of Loch Awe, 9 miles SSW, were both built about 1771. There are two public schools - Ardchonnel and Dalavich. The former {there being no returns for the latter) has accommodation for 37 children, and has an average attendance of about 15, and a grant of nearly £64. Valuation (1883) £6045, 11s. 4d., (1893) £4842, 19s. 6d. Pop. (1881) 504, (1891) 415, of whom 353 were Gaelic-speaking.—Ord. Sur., sh. 45, 47, 1876."

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