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Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Rothesay Old Statistical Account
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Sheriffs' Returns Origines Parochiales Wilson's Guide to Bute
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the latter is remarkably beautiful, being screened all around with a gentle variegated slope, having the town & harbour at its head, and very extended lines of mansions & Villas along its sides; and affords the finest anchorage in the west of Scotland. In stormy weather a hundred vessels may be seen riding at Anchor which have found an easy entrance to it from the Firth of Clyde. The Royal Burgh is situated at the head of a bay of the same name on the north east side of the Island of Bute and is the chief town of the county of Bute. It is governed by a Provost, two bailies, a dean of guilds, treasurer, and twelve councillors, and now unites with the county of Bute in sending a Member to Parliament. Besides the Burgh Courts, the Sheriff and Justice of Peace Courts & County meetings are held here. Bute being one of the ancient possessions of the house of Stuart, the castle of Rothesay continued to be a place of their occasional residence after they came to the throne on 12th Jany [January] 1401 King Robert III erected the town, which has been previously made a burgh of barony, into a Royal Burgh, & endowed it with a considerable landed territory. Its privileges were confirmed & extended by King James VI by charter dated 19th February 1585. The Antiquities of the parish are the Royal Castle of Rothesay (204.6-9) three British forts (on 204.10 & 215.5 )ruins of St Mary's Ch. [Church] (204.6( site of St Brides Ch. [Chapel] (204.6.9) ruins of the Royal Chapel (204.6.9) and the Chapel at Kilmory (215.1) the remains of Kilmory Castle (204.13) two cairns (204.10 & 215.5) and Tumuli (on 204.13 & 215.5). The town is lighted with gas & is well supplied with water - the Marquis of Bute is the superior and the population is considered close on 6000.

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There is no portion of this Parish detached, nor is there any portion of any other Parish contained within the boundary of this Parish.

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