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Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

Campbeltown is a town and former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It lies by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran (an anglicization of the Gaelic, which means "head of the loch by the kirk of CiarĂ¡n"), it was renamed in the 17th century as Campbell's Town after Archibald Campbell (Earl of Argyle) was granted the site in 1667. Campbeltown became an important centre for shipbuilding and Scotch whisky, and a busy fishing port.
Post townCampbeltown
Administrative CountyArgyll and Bute
Traditional CountyArgyllshire
OS GridNR7120
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Region
CountryScotland
Police AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Fire and Rescue AuthorityStrathclyde
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Populationest. 5,040 (2006)
 

Other names by which Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute has been known in the past

Cambeltown

Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Campbeltown, parl. and royal burgh, par., and seaport, Kintyre, Argyllshire, 11 miles NE. of Mull of Kintyre, 83 SW. of Glasgow, 131 SW. of Edinburgh, and 384 NW. of London -- par., 44,220 ac., pop. 9755; parl. burgh, pop. 7558; royal burgh, -- pop. 5070; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday; was the original seat of the Dalriad Scots; has 22 distilleries; is the rendezvous of hundreds of fishing-smacks and wherries, and possesses considerable export trade in whisky, herrings, sheep, and cattle. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The sea-loch, at the head of which it stands, forms a splendid natural harbour. On the old and new pier heads are fixed lights seen 2 miles. The burgh unites with Ayr, Irvine, Inveraray, and Oban in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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