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''[[Scotland]], [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Argyllshire, Scotland|Argyllshire]], [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] South Knapdale''
'''Parish #533'''
= '''History''' =
 
KNAPDALE, SOUTH, a '''parish''', in the district and county of Argyll, 13 miles (N. by W.) from Tarbert; containing a portion of the quoad sacra district of Lochgilphead. The Gaelic term that gives name to this place consists of the two words ''knap'', a hill, and ''daill'', a plain, field, or dale, and is descriptive of the general appearance of the surface, which is marked by numerous hills and dales. The parish was formed at the same time as that of North Knapdale, in 1734. There are two churches, the one situated at Achoish, and the other at Inverneill, both built about the year 1775, and repaired a few years since; they are seated respectively for 212 and 300 persons.<ref>Lewis, Samuel A., ''[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43456#s28 A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland]'' (1846), pp. 499-514. Adapted. Date accessed: 30 May 2014.</ref>
The district of Knapdale is divided into two parishes, the one north, the other south.&nbsp; Tarbert, and &nbsp;Lochgilphead are the nearest towns.&nbsp; &nbsp;Lochcaolisport is an arm of the Atlantic, which intersects the western part of the parish.&nbsp; The major land owners were: Duncan Campbell, Esq. of Inverneill and Knap; Alexander Campbell, Esq. of Achindarroch; and John Graham Campbell, Esq. of Shirvain.&nbsp; The land was primarily&nbsp;used for&nbsp;black-cattle, barley, oats, potatoes, beans, turnips, herring fishery, and&nbsp;sheep.&nbsp; The population in&nbsp;1772 was 1600.&nbsp; The population in 1841 was 1537.&nbsp; The parish&nbsp;registers have been kept since 1771, &nbsp;though entries appear to have been correctly made, the book containing the registrations has not been well taken care of.&nbsp; Some of the leaves having been lost, and the whole much sullied.&nbsp; There are two churches in the parish. &nbsp;"Pauperism is increasing daily."<br>This account was written in 1840.
Here is a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the {{FHL|633289|title-id|disp=census records of South Knapdale}} as well as the library numbers for any surname indexes available:
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South Knapdale was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of&nbsp;Argyll until 1823, and since then has been under the Sheriff's Court of Dunoon. Probate records for 1513- 1901 are indexed online at [http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk]. &nbsp;You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills &amp; Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog catalog] for the 'Place-names' of&nbsp;Argyll and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of Argyll.&nbsp; The library also has some post-1823 probate records for Argyll. Look in the library [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog catalog] for the 'Place-names' of Argyll and the subjects of 'Probate Records' and 'Probate Records - Indexes.' <br>
Read more about [[Scotland Probate Records|<u>Scotland Probate Records.</u>]]  = '''References''' = {{reflist}}
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