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2$llt«!jirt. MILPORT, ISLE OP CUMBRAE. ^got «? Co.*0
POST OFFICE — Post Mistress, Mrs. Margaret Wishart. The mail arrives every Thursday and
Saturday, and is despatched the same days.
PIiACJSS or WORSHIP- I ter; and Rev. Jas. Druminond, Assistant
Established Church— Rev. James Adam, Minis- I Baptist Chapel— Jas. Mc Kirdy, Preacher
Aibuthnot Robert
Auld Mary
Blair HukIi
Hunter Alex. (& grocer)
Jamieson James
Logan & Allan, {& grocers and
Somervillc Matthew, (& grocer)
BcllWm. baker
Browning Jas. surgeon
Crawford Andrew, tailor
Crawford Reynard, shoe maker
Graham Nathaniel, blacksmith
Hunter Alex, carpenter
Hnnter Archibald, draper, &c.
Hunter Henry, tailor
Hunter Wm. carpenter
Kennedy Robert, tailor
iMc Canly John, cooper
Mc Keller Duncan, shoe maker
Mc Gricor Robert, master of pa-
rochial school
Miller Captain, commaiuler of the
Revenue cutter
Paterson Ciiarles, stone mason
Paterson George, stone mason
Portersfield Wm. shoe maker
Portersfield W. jun. shoe maker
Ritchie Hugh, draper & grocer
Ritchie John, carpenter
Ritchie Mi.sses
Stewart John, schoolmaster
Walker Wm. flesher
Wishart Christopher, stone mason
(During Summer.)
To GLASGOW, Largs, Gourock, Ayr,
Anlrossan, Tiooii, Saltcoats, unit
Irvine, dailyT
Jl HE Town of Rothesay was origin.ally a village
surrounding the castle of that name ; it was created
into a royal burgh by Robert HI. by charter dated
r2th January, 1401, and its privileges were contirui-
ed and extended by a charter of King James VI. da
ted I9rh Feb -1585. The government of the town is
vested in a provost, two bailies, dean of guild, town
treasurer, and twelve councillors. The jurisdiction
of the burgh extends about two miles a;;d a half round
the town. Rothesay is situated on a bay of the same
name, on the N.E. side of the Island of Bute, and
is the county town of Buteshire, which county con-
sists of the Islands of Bute, Arraii, Great and
Little Cuinbrae, Inchmarnock, Lamlash. and Plad-
da, all situated in the Frith of Clyde. Above a cen-
tury ago, Rothesay fell greatly into decay, and con-
tinued in tliat state till about the year 17()0, when a
hei ring fishery was established, and carried on for
many years with great success, in consequence of
which the ruinous houses were re-built, and seve-
ral new streets were added ; but the fishery, for se-
veral years, has not been so successful. The town
remained without further extension till lately, wlien
it became a fashionable watering place, since which
it has rapidly increased. A considerable cot'on fac-
tory was established about the year 1780, which now
gives employinent to about 400 persons. A manu-
factory, for weaving by power looms, has lately
been erected. Betwixt 4 and ,5,000/. have been ex-
pended in improving and re-building the harbour,
which is now nearly completed. Rothesay is under
the patronage of the most noble the Marquis of
Bute, and returns a member to the imperial parlia-
ment jointly with Ayr, Irvine, Campbfitown, and
Inveraray; T. F. Kennedy, esq. is the present mem-
ber. The town-hall, situated in Castle-street, is
neither a handsome nor a convenient building. Here
POST OFFICE^ Prince's-street.— Po*< Blaster, Mr. Charles Moore. The office closes for the re-
ception of letters every evening at ten o'clock. The Mail Steam Packet arrives every day between nine
o'clock in the morning, and four o'clock in the afternoon, being regulated by the tide, as is also the
â– departure.
is held a court, at which the prisoners for the coun-
ty are tried, for petty offences ; all criminal cases
are sent to Inveraray. Near the centre of the town
is the ruin of the castle, which is surmised to have
been built about the year 1100. The best account
of this castle is to be found in a pamphlet written liy
Mr. John Mackinly, p\iblisb;d at Glasgow, in 1818.
The following are considered as some of the most
remarkable particulars respecting it. The first men-
tion of it in history is in 1228, when it was besieged by
Husbac, the Norwegian, in conjunction vvith Olave,
King of Man, when it was taken after a stout resist-
ance ; having been recovered from the northern in-
vaders, it was again taken by them about the year
1263. It was again taken by the Scots soon after
the battle of Largs. It was taken possession of by
the English, during the reign of John Baliol, but in
1311 it surrendered to Robert Bruce. In 1334, Ed
ward Baliol took the castle and fortified it ; it was
again shortly afterwards taken by Bruce, the Stew-
ard of Scotland. King Robert II. visited this Castle
in 1376 and in 1381. He visited it again in 1392;
shortly after which he created his eldest son, Prince
David, Duke of Rothesay, which has been ever since
the principal Scottish title of the heir apparent.— -
About three miles south of Rothesay is the elegant
mansion of the Marquis of Bute. Rothesay is dis-
tant from Glasgow 52 miles S.E. from Greenock 1!*,
from Largs 9, Gourock 17, Anau 22, Great and
Small Cuinbrae 12, Edinburgh by IMid Calder 96, by
Bathgate 94^, by Linlithgow and Falkirk 98|. The
population is about 4,200, and that of the Island of
Bute about 7,000. The market day is Wednesday.
Tiie fairs are the first Wednesday in May, the third
Wednesday in July, and the first Wednesday in No-
vember, old style.
PLACES OF worship-
Parish Church — Rev. Jas. Denoon, High st
Chapel of Ease — Minister Vacant
Antiburgher Meeting-House — Rev. Samuel Mc
Nabb, Bridge st
The Most Noble the Marquis of Bute, Heritable
Keeper of the Castle of Rothesay, and Provost of
the Borough
Archibald MoorelB^ili^s
William Gillies J
William Macrae, Dean of Guild
William Peddle, Treasurer
John Macintosh, ")
Archibald Mc AUister, [
Alexander Mc Kinlay, I Co,„,cil Men
John Mc Kinlay,] [
James Mc Kirdy, ;
Robert Mc Kirdy, J

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