Britannia, by William Camden

Cantire.

Logh Finn. Big L LOgh-Finn, a Lake which in the proper season produces incredible sholes of herrings, divides Argile from a Promontory, which, for about thirty miles together, grows by little and little into a sharp point, and thrusts it self with such a seeming earnestness towards Ireland (separated from it by a narrow streight of scarce thirteen miles) as if it would call it over to it. Ptolemy calls this the Promontory of the Epidii;Epidium. between which name, and the Islands Ebudæ (opposite to it) methinks there is some affinity. Ebudae mioparonibus It is now called in Irish (which language they use in all this Tract) Can-tyre, that is the Land’s head; ⌈and (as hath been said) is about thirty miles long, and eight or nine broad, and hath in it a Burgh of Barony, situate upon the Lough of Kilkerran, call’d Campell-Town; where is a safe harbour for Ships, having an Island in the mouth of the Bay.⌉

This tract is inhabited by the family of Mac-Conell, who are very powerful here; but yet at the command of the Earl of Argile. They, sometimes, in their * * Mioparoni­bus.little Vessels, make excursions for booty into Ireland, and have possess’d themselves of those little Provinces, which they call Glines and Rowte. This Promontory lieth close to Knapdale, with so small a neck of land (being scarce a mile over, and sandy too) that the Sea-men, by a short cut, as it were transport their vessels over land. Which one would sooner believe, than that the Argonautes laid their Argos upon their shoulders, and carried it along with them five hundred miles. ⌈This place gave, first, the title of Lord, to a brother of the Earl of Argile; and afterwards,See p.1242. when the head of that Family was created Marquis, he was made Earl of Cantire.⌉

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