Fort William

after William McGillivray, a director of the North West Co.

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a town in the southern Highlands of Scotland. It takes its name from a fort built in 1655 and destroyed in 1866. It is now an important tourist centre.

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      town, Ontario, Can., that merged with the town of Port Arthur in 1970 to form the city of Thunder Bay (q.v.).

      small burgh (town) in the Highland council area, historic county of Inverness-shire, western Scotland. It lies at the northeastern end of Loch Linnhe and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. The original fort was built in 1654 to keep the peace in the Highlands; it was later ruined and in 1690 rebuilt and named for the British monarch William III. The fort was dismantled in the 19th century to make room for the railway. Fort William was the first town in Britain to light its streets entirely by hydroelectricity (hydroelectric power). Water from Loch Treig, conveyed by a 15-mile (24-km) tunnel beneath Ben Nevis, provides power for an aluminum works. Other industries include cattle raising, distilling, and tourism. Pop. (2001) 9,908.

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