Loch Melfort

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Melfort, a sea-loch of Kilninver and Kilmelfort parish, Argyllshire, opening between Points Degnish and Ashnish, opposite the middle of Luing island. With a width of 1½ mile at the entrance, it penetrates the land 3¼ miles east-north-eastward; is sprinkled with islets; and takes its name from Gaelic words signifying ` the lake of the strong eminence, ' and alluding to the hillranges that flank its shores. It is fed by streams flowing from fresh-water lakes at distances of from 2 or 3 to 7 miles; has on its N side, at a secluded spot amid thick environments of wood, a cave, traditionally said to have been inhabited for a time by the first settlers in Lorn; is overlooked, at the head, by Melfort House; and gives the titles of Viscount and Earl in the peerage of Scotland, and that of Duke in the peerage of France, to the Earl of Perth.

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