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Castle Toward

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Castle-Toward, a fine Gothic mansion in the S of Dunoon parish, Cowal, Argyllshire, at the eastern entrance of the Kyles of Bute, 1½ mile W by N of Toward Point, and 2¾ miles NE of Rothesay. Backed by the wooded slopes of Toward Hill (1131 feet), it was built in 1821, near the ruined castle of the Lamonts, Lords of Cowal, at which Queen Mary once dined, and which was burned in 1646, on occasion of the murder of the Lamonts at Dunoon. Its owner, Alex. Struthers Finlay, Esq. (b. 1806; suc. 1842), was M.P. for Argyllshire 1857-68, and holds 6758 acres in the shire, valued at £2867 per annum.

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