Also, Buteshire [byoot-sheer, -sher] . a historic county in SW Scotland, composed of three islands in the Firth of Clyde.
an island in the Firth of Clyde, in SW Scotland: part of the county Bute. 50 sq. mi. (130 sq. km).
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Bute1 (bjuːt)
an island off the coast of SW Scotland, in Argyll and Bute council area: situated in the Firth of Clyde, separated from the Cowal peninsula by the Kyles of Bute. Chief town: Rothesay. Pop: 7228 (2001). Area: 121 sq km (47 sq miles)

Bute2 (bjuːt)
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. 1713--92, British Tory statesman; prime minister (1762--63)

Buteshire (ˈbjuːtˌʃɪə, -ʃə)
(until 1975) a county of SW Scotland, consisting of islands in the Firth of Clyde and Kilbrannan Sound: formerly part of Strathclyde region (1975--96), now part of Argyll and Bute council area

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historic county in western Scotland that includes Bute, Arran, the Cumbraes, Holy, Pladda, and Inchmarnock islands, all lying in the Firth of Clyde. Bute and Inchmarnock lie within Argyll and Bute council area, while Arran, the Cumbraes, Holy Island, and Pladda form part of North Ayrshire council area.

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