Alisa Gillies has posted a fascinating blog article in which she summarises her research into large fires that have taken place on Bute, in particular looking at those that have been consigned to history.
Beginning with the 1913 fire at Rothesay Saw Mills, Ailsa combs Buteman and Rothesay Express articles for reports and anecdotes surrounding these devastating events. Mention is also made of the 1956 blaze that destroyed a building in Ladeside Street, one of Scotland's very first cotton mills.
In more recent memory, the 1962 burning of Rothesay Pier's clock tower took place as holidaymakers were arriving by steamer. The tower was severely damaged and ultimately demolished. 1963 saw the burning out of a flat in Minister's Brae, and 1964 saw a factory fire just off the High Street.
Head on over to Ailsa's article to learn more about these terrible events, and soak up her other excellent Bute related articles too!