"Tarbert Past and Present - Gleanings in Local History"

AUTHOR: Dugald Mitchell
ISBN:1 899863 13 3
PRICE: £5.95
PAGES: p/b; 150pp facsimile edition; 185x120mm; 4 b&w plates


A Victorian history of the town from early times until the late nineteenth century - the "present" day of the title is 1886! The author, a native of Tarbert justifiably proud of its long history both as a harbour and as a strategic stronghold guarding the access to Kintyre, covers military activities in the area until 1745 in some detail. Until then, the town was dominated by the significance of the castle. By the nineteenth century, Tarbert's economic prosperity was closely linked to the enormous herring fleet that filled its harbour during the season; a whole chapter is devoted to this trade, but the reader is also introduced to the scenic attractions and traditions of the area.

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