"KILMARONOCK, parish lying across foot of Loch Lomond, Dumbartonshire. It contains Drymen and Caldarvan railway stations and extends from Endrick river to vicinity of Balloch, and its post town is Alexandria. Its length is 7¼ miles; its greatest breadth full 5 miles; its area 10,325 acres... Pop. 927. The eastern section is hilly and partly moorish but the western section is low, arable and embellished. The seats are Buttrich Castle, Ross Priory, Caldarvan and Catter; and a spot of antiquarian interst is the site of a Culdee cell, founded by Maronnanor Maronoch, afterwards a nunnery, noticed by Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake as 'Maronnan's cell.' The churches are Established and United Presbyterian. There are 2 schools for 172 scholars, and 1 of them for 80 is new."
From The Gazetteer of Scotland, by Rev. John Wilson, 1882.