Oban is the capital of the ancient district of Lorne. Once labelled the "Charing Cross of the Highlands" because of the range of steamer connections with the islands and Argyll coast, Oban is still a busy port for ferries, cruise liners, fishing boats and pleasure craft.
The district may have taken its name from Loarn mac Eirc, a brother of Fergus Mór Mac Earca who, around the year 500 AD became ruler of the Scottish Kingdom of Dál Riata. Loarn created his own dynasty in the new kingdom, in the district of Argyll to which he gave his name.
The district was later combined with Argyll and parts of Lochaber to make up the traditional county of Argyll following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1889. This Act established a uniform system of town and county councils in Scotland, restructuring many of Scotland’s counties. (See: History of local government in the United Kingdom).
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