Place:Kingarth, Bute, Scotland

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NameKingarth
TypeParish
Coordinates55.75°N 5.033°W
Located inBute, Scotland
Contained Places
Inhabited place
Ascog
Kerrycroy
Piperhall
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


Kingarth occupies approximately the southern third of the Island of Bute. Its principal village is Kilchatten Bay. Further villages are Ascog, Kerrycroy and Piperhall.

Mount Stuart House, the seat of the Stuarts of Bute, is located in the parish. The current country house in neo-gothic style with a great deal of stone carving replaced an earlier one which burnt down in 1877. As a result, the 1881 census for the parish was expanded by a long list of the workers employed in the construction, many of whom brought their wives and families and lived in "huts" erected temporarily in the grounds. Many of these temporary inhabitants came from Ireland.

The old parish registers (OPRs) for Kingarth parish cover

Births or Baptisms ~ 1727 - 1854
Marriages or Banns ~ 1837 - 1854
Deaths or Burials ~ 1768 - 1786

Further History

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Kingarth is a historic village and parish on the Isle of Bute, off the coast of south-western Scotland. In the Early Middle Ages it was the site of a monastery and bishopric and the cult centre of Saints Cathan and Bláán (Anglicized: Blane).

Research Tips

  • Transcriptions of all the 19th century censuses are available on FreeCen.
  • ScotlandsPeople holds indexes and images for all civil births, marriages and deaths, censuses 1841-1911, and for all Old Parish Registers throughout Scotland. It is a pay-per-view site. ScotlandsPeople also holds records of Wills and Testaments and Coats of Arms. Access to this latter part of their website is free.
  • Vision of Britain provides both the topographical Ordnance Survey of Scotland First Series (1856-1887) in black and white, and the Ordnance Survey of Scotland Popular Edition (1928-1945) in colour at a scale of 1:63360, as well as other series of maps covering the whole of the United Kingdom. These maps are wonderful for finding places that have diminished in size over the past 150 years.
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