Knoydart


(Rough Bounds of Knoydart)

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Knoydart, a district and a quoad sacra parish in Glenelg parish, W Inverness-shire. The district is bounded on the N by Loch Hourn, on the E by Kilmonivaig, on the S by Loch Nevis, on the W by the Sound of Sleat. Its greatest length, from E to W, is 15 miles; its greatest breadth is 9 miles; and its area is about 85 square miles. The surface is mostly mountainous, yet includes a considerable aggregate of arable land; and it abounds in features of romantic and grandly picturesque scenery. Guseran Water rises on the E border, and runs through the middle to the Sound of Sleat; and Inverie House stands on Loch Nevis, 10 miles SSE of Isle Ornsay and 54 WSW of Fort Augustus, and is the seat of John Baird, Esq. of Lochwood and Knoydart (b. 1852; suc. 1876), who holds 60,000 acres in the shire, valued at £4033 per annum. The quoad sacra parish, which is nearly conterminous with the district, and which sprang from a mission station of the Royal Bounty, is in the presbytery of Lochcarron and synod of Glenelg. The stipend is £120. A Roman Catholic church, St Anthony's, was built in 1850, and contains 300 sittings. Pop. of parish (1871) 470, (1881) 437.

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