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Finnart


Argyll and Bute

A location and former estate on the eastern shore of Loch Long, Finnart lies 2 miles (3.5 km) north of Garelochhead and 8½ miles (14 km) north northwest of Helensburgh. It is now dominated by the jetties and tank farm comprising the Finnart Ocean Terminal, developed from the Second World War. The B-listed Finnart House was built in the mid-1830s for ship-builder and marine engineer John MacGregor (1802-58) by William Burn (1789 - 1870), and altered by John Honeyman (1831 - 1914) in 1862. In 1866 it became home to Professor Edward Caird, who held the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Today, it lies abandoned amongst the oil storage tanks. Finnart was the birthplace of the artist William York MacGregor in 1855 and is associated with the Sir James Hamilton of Finnart (d.1540), ruthless architect to King James V.


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