Southend Parish Argyll Scotland

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Southend Parish, Argyll, Scotland

Southend Coast


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Coordinates: 55.315, -5.641

Southend is on the southernmost point of Kintrye.

The Parish is in the district of Cantyre, county of Argyll, 7½ miles (S. by W.) from Campbelltown; containing the island of Sanda.

Until the mid 17th century it consisted of two parishes Kilcolmcille (St Colomba’s) and Kilblain where St Blain was built.

After the reformation the two parishes were merged and renamed Southend by Elizabeth, Dutchess of Tollemache, mother Duke John of Argyll

The civil parish of Southend comprises the village and the surrounding land, used mainly for farming and forestry.


St. Columba

Footstep of St. Columba

St. Columba is said to have landed here in 536 after being exiled from Ireland.


Dunaverty Castle Ruins

The village of Southend is located beside Dunaverty Bay. Dunaverty was an important stronghold of the Kingdom of Dalriada.

The MacDonald Clan held a fort there which later became Dunaverty Castle. In 1306 Robert the Bruce took refuge there during the wars of independence.

In 1647 there was a siege of the castle by Scottish supporters of Oliver Cromwell. After surrendering, more than 300 MacDonalds were massacred. There is nothing left of the castle.

Southend War Memorial

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Southend War Memorial


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