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Cowal, the mid eastern district of Argyllshire. Its north-western extremity is an isthmus between the head of Loch Fyne and the boundary with Perthshire; whilst its north-eastern is a range of mountains along the boundary with Perth and Dumbarton shires, to the head of Loch Long; and all the rest is a peninsula bounded E by Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde, S by the Kyles of Bute, and W by Loch Fyne. Its length, from the head of Glen Fyne on the NNE to Lamont Point on the SSW, is 37 miles; and its greatest breadth is 16¼ miles. It comprehends the parishes of Lochgoilhead and Kilmorich, Dunoon and Kilmun, Strachur and Stralachlan, Inverchaolain, Kilmodan, and Kilfinan, and the quoad sacra parishes of Ardentinny, Inellan, Kirn, and Sandbank, with the chapelries of Strone, Toward, Kilbride, and Tighnabruaich. See argyllshire.

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