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Keil, an estate, with a modern mansion, in Southend parish, Argyllshire. The mansion stands near the extremity of Kintyre, opposite Sanda island, 10½ miles SSW of Campbeltown; and the estate extends a considerable distance along the coast. A ruined church, near the mansion, is traditionally alleged to occupy a spot visited by St Columba on his way from Ireland to Iona; and an ancient stone cross, supposed to have been erected to the memory of the saint, also stood here, but is now represented by only the pedestal. Several large caves are on the coast, and one of them is alleged by the native peasantry to extend 6 miles inland to Killellan Hill.—Ord. Sur., sh. 12, 1872.

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