Welcome to Ardchattan Parish Archive

Ardchattan parish has been inhabited since the land recovered after the last Ice Age. It has a remarkably diverse and numerous prehistoric landscape and from then on, in each era there is something of significant note to be explored and shared : Ossianic connections; Scotia tribes; Norse; several powerful clan families; social and political events that are of national importance, as well as the rich tapestry of local life. We even have traces of a very early life form.

The Parish covers the whole area between the lochs Etive and Creran – to the top of their respective Rivers, the north side of the River Awe; down into lands towards Kilchrenan, and at times, the whole of Ben Cruachan along towards Stronmilichan. 

Politically it includes the Campbell estates of Barcaldine; Lochnell; Breadalbane; Inverawe as well as Ardchattan itself. 

The Ardchattan Parish Archive is a collection of records, images, maps, books, articles and more. These are held physically and digitally hosted at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch, and being sorted into a catalogue for people to access and to research from. These have been collected from many sources over the past decades, with new ones being added all the time. There is a huge amount of knowledge, family history, images, stories, memories that remain in the community, and as structures raised over the millenia.

We now have an online wiki that is being populated with information about the parish, each place, topics and connections. This will develop into a collaborative project with contributions from local people, and far away descendants.

Join us on the wiki or the facebook group or in person at the archive. Get in touch if you would like to learn more, and to join in as we organise and add to the collection; we would love you to share your memories or old photos. The archive is part of the community and everyone is welcome to become involved.