Records of Kildalton Estate, Isle of Islay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Financial records 1901-1913
  • Library catalogue of Kildalton House 1911
  • Rental conditions for tenants, 20th century
  • Port Ellen distillery records 1912-1918

Administrative / Biographical History

The farming estate of Kildalton on the Isle of Islay, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, covers an area of 54,500 acres. The estate was the ancestral home of the Ramsey family who lived in Kildalton House, a stone built mansion set in a deer park. Covering virtually the whole south of the island, the estate was also home to the Port Ellen whisky distillery, founded in the 1820s, formerly owned by the estate and in 2002 a maltings for United Vintners & Distillers . The estate consisted of the mansion house, a dower house, yacht anchorage, a gold course, 50,000 acres of shooting and game land, 8 two-bedroom cottages, fishing waters, 45 farms and most of the houses in the town of Port Ellen on the island. The estates accountants were Kerr, MacLeod and MacFarlan , chartered accountants, Glasgow, Scotland.


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Permanent loan: Deloitte & Touche, chartered accountants : Glasgow

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Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1546)

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Held by Deloitte & Touche, chartered accountants


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 109/12-13 Records of Kerr, MacLeod & MacFarlan, chartered accountants

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