|Isle of Islay|
Argyll and Bute Scotland
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Islay (pronounced eye la) is known as "The Queen of the Hebrides" (Banrėgh nan Eilean) and is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. It lies in Argyll just west of Jura and around 25 miles north of the Irish coast and Rathlin Island, which can be seen on a clear day.
Starting in the 1830s, the population of the island began dropping from its peak of 15,000 as a result of the Highland Clearances. Today's population is about 3,000. Most emigrants from Islay made new homes in Ontario, Canada, the Carolinas in the United States and Australia.General Alexander McDougall, a figure in the American Revolution and the first president of the Bank of New York, was born in Islay in 1731.Kilarrow is the largest of the Islay parishes. It is separated from Kildalton by a boundary which runs from near Proaig on the east coast to Laggan on Loch Indaal; and a line stretching between Loch Indaal and Loch Gruinart divides if from Kilchoman on the west. The parish takes its name from the church or cill of Maclrubha which stood at Bridgend, most likely near the existing churchyard, but of this there are no remains. Maclrubha was an Irish saint. He was born in 642. At the age of twenty-nine he came to Scotland and in 673 founded the Monastery of Applecross, which he ruled as Abbot, until his death fifty-one years later. Traces of him are found in no less than twenty other places in Scotland; the greater number of these are on the west, while the rest are either on or near the Moray Firth. Among the better known places called after him are Loch Maree in Ross and Amulree in Perthshire. The entire population of the village of Kilarrow (Killaru) was moved to the new planned village of Bowmore in the mid 18th century as part of the then Laird's plans for the grounds of Islay House near Bridgend. Bowmore's famous round church became the new parish church. Nothing remains of the village of Kilarrow apart from the churchyard. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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