Rothesay  Buteshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Rothesay like this:

Rothesay, watering-place, royal and police burgh, par., and eo. town of Buteshire, on E. side of Bute island, Firth of Clyde, 19 miles SW. of Greenock - par., 6083 ac., pop. 8538; royal and police burgh, pop. 8291; town, pop. 8329; P.O., T.O. 3 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-day, Wednesday. ...

The town is finely situated at the head of Rothesay Bay, enjoys a mild climate, and is a favourite watering-place and a centre for visiting places on the Clyde. There is a good harbour. There are also fine esplanades, an aquarium, and a hydropathic establishment. Rothesay Castle, founded about 1098, and once a royal residence, stands near the centre of the town. Rothesay gives the title of duke to the heir-apparent of the British throne.

Rothesay through time

Rothesay is now part of Argyll and Bute district. Click here for graphs and data of how Argyll and Bute has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Rothesay itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rothesay, in Argyll and Bute and Buteshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 09th August 2020

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