Person NameBurgh of Fort William; 1874-1975
ActivityA fortress was erected by General Monk in 1650 at the head of Loch Linhhe and the Caledonian Canal and was named the Garrison of Inverlochy. In 1690 the fort was strengthened by General MacKay and renamed Fort William after William III. The town of Fort William which grew up around the fort, (also known as Gordonsburgh, Maryburgh and Duncansburgh) became a burgh in 1874. The oldest industry in the burgh is whisky making. Fort William Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973 (c. 65). Its powers were assumed by Highland Regional Council and Lochaber District Council. These in turn were replaced by Highland Council in 1996 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1994 (c. 39).
Corporate NameBurgh of Fort William
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