Letter: Distillers built Dalintober pier

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Sir,

I would like to correct an inaccuracy in last week’s story: Historic walk reveals town’s best-kept secrets.

Contrary to what the walk leader, John Bakes, told the visitors and the Courier reporter, Dalintober pier was not constructed because of a dispute about fishermen’s landing fees.

The pier was built by distillers in the 18th century as Campbeltown town council was charging dues for the grain coming in and exports of barrels of whisky leaving from Campbeltown’s old quay.

There is a sequel to this that was Campbeltown town council took the distillers to the court of session in Edinburgh.

The court of session established a decision, which stands to this day, that Campbeltown harbour extends, to the west, from Macringan’s Point to Davaar Island below the lighthouses.

Every ship passing that line had to pay dues to Campbeltown town council.

In Campbeltown library there is a book which has a verbatim report of the court case.

George McMillan, MBE,

Campbeltown.

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