Barrs is a settlement on the West shore of Loch Etive above Bonawe
The area has been involved in forestry and in quarrying for centuries.

GD112/16/11/2 Breadalbane papers
14. Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane (Breadalbane Muniments) : Contract between John, earl of Breadalbane, and William Campbell, son of Robert Campbell of Glenfalloch, whereby said John dispones to said William oak wood growing on easter and Wester Barrs and Glenoe, on both sides of Locheile, till 15 July 1721, 8 November 1718. With receipts for the money due, 1719 (nos 15-16).

GD112/13/2 Breadalbane papers
Title Papers relating to Marches
Dates 1632-1906
10. Extract submission and decreet arbitral between the Earl of Breadalbane and Robert Campbell of Ardchattan in regard to their marches, between farm of Barrs and farm of Dalcadderly, 1 June 1816-18 January 1817.
Reg. b. of c. and s., 20 January 1817.

GD112/11/10/11/10 Breadalbane papers
Title Petition of John MacIntyre, Barrs, Lochetiveside, superannuated wood officer, Barrs, Lochetiveside, for his allowance to be paid in money
Dates 21 Aug 1846

Reference GD112/18/3/1
Title Barrs quarry, copy letters, mainly from Archibald Stewart to Sir Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine, bt., Breadalbane's chamberlain
Dates 1844-1848

Forestry Journal 1958 page 11 -$FILE/FCJO027.pdf
Glen Etive and Barrs
By D. GRAHAM -CAMPBELL, District Officer, Scottish Directorate
The Estate of Glenetive and Barrs, part of which was acquired in October 1957, was under the management of the Department of Agriculture. It was formerly owned by Colonel Anderson who had gifted it to the Secretary of State on condition that it was used as an experimental hill farm. The D epartment of Agriculture had found that the shepherding of the Barrs section of the estate was difficult to manage, and they decided to ask Col. Anderson whether he would agree to part of the estate being used for forestry purposes. Colonel Anderson approved of this suggestion and 2,239 acres of plantable land have now been placed at the disposal of the Forestry Commissioners, with the possibility of more to come. It has now been provisionally agreed the remainder of Glen Etive Estate including 2,000 acres of plantable land will pass to the Commission. (Plate 6, Central Inset.)
Loch Etive Forest, situated on the north shore of the loch within the proposed National Park area, must be one of the m ost isolated properties in Britain. The nearest village is in Glen Coe which is 20 miles away by road, and a launch from Etive Pier runs to Taynuilt three times a week. On the shore of the loch there remain some oak and birch woods, probably at one time exploited for smelting iron, and the Commission has undertaken to preserve these as far as possible.
This estate provides a further example of land coming to the Commission because of isolation and shepherding difficulties.


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