Monochromes from Shetland and Dunnottar Castle

Shetland and Stonehaven, Scotland. Days 26 to 31, 26th to 29th July 2013.

 

Here is a selection of monochromes from the Shetlands, and from Dunnottar Castle near Aberdeen.  For more information on the images, click on the relevant link, which goes to the post that contains the colour version.

 

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Mousa Broch

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Clickimin Broch

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Stanydale Temple

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Culswick

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Culswick Broch

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Dore Holm (the Drinking Horse)

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Calder’s Geo, Esher Ness

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Esher Ness

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Burrastow

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Uyeasound

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Muness Castle

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Muness Castle

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Muness Castle

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Uyea Breck or Clivocast Standing Stone

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Viking longhouse, Haroldswick

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Viking galley, Haroldswick

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Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle

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Dunnottar Castle

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That’s the last of the images from Scotland.  1,150 images and 40,000 words in 93 posts.

There will be very few posts in the next couple of weeks.  I have to make headway on processing the images from Narooma Blues Festival last weekend, my computer is dead and needs resuscitation (I’m posting this from my laptop) and I’m heading off overseas in less than a fortnight.  More on that before I go.

I still have to make final posts from my North Atlantic journey for Lofoten Islands, Spitzbergen, Greenland and Iceland.  I will resume those in November or December.

Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven, Scotland. Day 31, 29th July 2013.

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Since I needed to visit Aberdeen to catch a connecting flight to the Lofoten Islands, I made sure I made the short drive to Stonehaven to visit Dunottar Castle, one of the most remarkable castles in Scotland.

 

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Dunnottar Castle is obviously situated on a commanding natural fortification so it is no surprise that there was a fort here in Pictish times, though no-one knows much about that.  In 681 and 693 there were sieges here as part of what appears to have been a Pictish civil war.  In 934, Constantine II of Scotland withstood here a month-long seige by Æthelstan, first King of England.

 

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The English took the castle in 1296 when Edward I was crushing John Balliol.  A year later, William Wallace took it back and burned the English garrison alive in the church.

The English took the castle again in 1336 and it was then visited by Edward III but the Scots recaptured it later the same year.

 

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This is the Keep, part of new stone fortifications built from the late fourteenth century, replacing previous fortifications that were probably mainly of wood.  There was only one way into the castle so with that fortified in stone, it became much more difficult to attack.

In 1645, Montrose besieged the castle for the loyalists in the Civil War but was unable to take it.  So, instead, he laid waste the countryside.

 

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In 1652, the castle held out for eight months under siege by General Monck for Oliver Cromwell’s forces.  Charles II had landed in Scotland to stage a rebellion against Cromwell.  Castle Dunottar was the last place to hold out.  It eventually surrendered following ten days of bombardment when Monck brought up the heavy artillery.

The English were expecting to secure the Scottish crown jewels “the Honours of Scotland”, comprising a crown, a sword and a sceptre.  The castle also held important papers of Charles.  Both were smuggled out of the castle before it fell.  The papers were smuggled out concealed in a woman’s clothing and the Honours were lowered over the cliff to a woman gathering seaweed.  Both were concealed in a nearby church until the Restoration.

 

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Have you worked out what you are looking at here?

Well, this is the view looking up.  We are inside the Keep, looking up towards the Great Hall.  I think we are in the basement and the Great Hall was on the first floor.  (For American readers, the first floor is the one above the ground floor).

 

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I think this is the end of the stables.  In the middle is a chimney with fireplaces on two levels.

 

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The notice says this is a 16th/ 17th century garden though it is inside a building that would originally have been roofed.

 

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This is the oldest part of the castle, the shell of a stone church dedicated to St Ninian from the late thirteenth century.  This is where William Wallace burned alive a defending contingent of English troops in 1297.

 

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This is the kitchen, as for the previous image.

 

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The Marischal’s chamber, with magnificent views out over the water.  The Keith family who built much of the castle and held it for hundreds of years, were Marischals of Scotland.

The Marischal (or Marshall) was originally a minor Court position but came to be one of the three main Court positions.  It was primarily tasked to settle Court disputes but also had a military function at least up the the Battle of Bannockburn though command of the military went to the Constable.  After Bannockburn the Marischals were less important but retained influence by virtue of now being Earls and due to their large land holdings.

 

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A view from the Marischal’s chamber.

 

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I think this is the “East Range”, nearby.

 

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A view of the Marischal’s chamber from outside.  At the bottom edge of the frame is a breach in the wall labelled “Thief’s Hole”.  I do not know the story behind that.  However, the room behind it is the Whig’s Vault.  In 1685, in the aftermath of Monmouth’s rebellion, 167 covenanters were imprisoned here, including 45 women.  Covenanters were hard-line Presbyterians who renounced Church hierarchy and these people refused to accept a new prayer book.

They were held for two months with poor food and inadequate sanitary facilities.  25 escaped though a window above the cliff but 15 were recaptured and two died.  37 agreed to take the oath of allegiance and the remaining people were deported to the Americas.  Seven had died by then and another 70 on or shortly after the voyage.  That only left 45 survivors in the Americas.

 

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This is the way out.

The Earls Marischal lost possession of the castle after one of them supported the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion.  The castle in any event had never recovered from the Cromwellian bombardment.

I may be lucky I visited when I did.  Dunnottar Castle is currently closed “indefinitely” as urgent maintenance work is underway on the structures over the entrance and it is not known how long this will take to complete.

 

Muness Castle

Unst, Shetland, Scotland. Day 30, 28th July 2013.

 

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Muness Castle is named after Mu Ness, a nearby headland.  It was built in 1598 by Laurence Bruce, half brother to Earl Robert Stewart (sharing the same mistress of James V as mother).

 

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In 1571 Earl Robert appointed Laurence as Foud (anglicised as Sheriff) of Shetland.  Laurence developed an unenviable reputation for corruption and cruelty.   He undertook acts of piracy on passing shipping, changed weights and measures to increase his income and fathered 24 local illegitimate children by imposing feudal “rights” on local women.

He was removed from his post in 1577 after complaints from residents led to a Commission that visited Shetland and took evidence from 700 male Shetlanders.  Notwithstanding this finding and a prohibition by the Commission of his further living in Northern Scotland (i.e. north of the River Tay), Laurence returned the next year when he was appointed Sheriff-Depute by Earl Robert.

 

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After Robert died in 1593, Laurence did not have such good relations with Robert’s son Earl Patrick Stewart and this led to building Muness Castle in 1598.  In 1608, Earl Patrick turned up with 36 men and artillery, intent on destroying the castle, but withdrew for unknown reasons before completing the task.  Laurence was amongst those who testified against Earl Patrick in his trial in 1610 and he died in his bed in 1617.

 

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This is a cottage very close to the castle, with an adjoining dry wall shed that seems to have fallen into disrepair.

 

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The castle was sacked by French raiders in 1627 and though rebuilt was no longer occupied by the end of that century.  It was finally abandoned in 1750 and the roof had disappeared by 1774.

 

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The way in to the gate is mown and you can see the entrance door behind the wall to the right of the gate.

 

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This is how the castle may have looked in 1600.  The top floor and the roof are now missing.

 

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Above the main door is a nearly obliterated coat of arms and an inscription that reads (after translation from archaic spelling):

Listen you to know this building who began
Laurence the Bruce he was that worthy man
Who earnestly his heirs and offspring prays
To help and not hurt this work always.

He had good reason to be nervous about the longevity of the castle.

 

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This is the kitchen, on the ground floor.

 

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This is a chamber, or bedroom, also on the ground floor.  You can see from the circular walls that it is in one of the towers at each end of the building.

 

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Stairway to the second floor.

 

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This is the main fireplace in the great hall on the second floor.

 

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Here is what that hall may have looked like when in use.  I would think that peat was a more likely fuel than logs, though.

 

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This is a chamber or bedroom on the first floor, once again in one of the towers.  You can see where the floor was for the floor above.

 

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This is probably the smallest window you are ever likely to see, on the first floor, intended for use by musketeers.

 

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Looking through to the Great Hall, and the doorway to the room beyond.

 

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A double window this time, one for the view and one for the musket.

 

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The Lord’s Private Withdrawing Room, off the Hall with a private staircase leading to his chambers above.  The gaps in the surface of the wall are where the front of a chimney has fallen away.

 

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A different “double window” in the larger circular tower.

 

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Looking straight up in the tower.

 

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Probably the stairway to the no longer extant second floor.

 

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A different stairway, also closed, looking down.

 

Jarlshof

Shetland, Scotland. Day 29, 27th July 2013.

On the southern tip of Shetland there is a most remarkable site, uncovered in a storm in the 1890s, that shows evidence of different periods of occupation over nearly 5,000 years.  There are remains of neolithic habitation, bronze age and iron age houses, a broch and several wheelhouses, viking longhouses, a mediæval farm and a mediæval Laird’s house.  These are built up on layers and much has been lost to erosion from the sea.

 

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This is part of a house from the Bronze Age settlement.

 

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A view from a nearby viewpoint.  In front is the remains of the smithy.

 

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This is what the smithy may have looked like while it was in operation, from an Information Board on site.

 

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This is an area close to but not part of the bronze age settlement according to the booklet I purchased.  Probably remains of iron age buildings.

 

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This is the remains of the Laird’s House.  The original buildings were constructed by Earl Patrick Stewart, bastard half brother of Mary Queen of Scots, but the ruins as we see them were mainly constructed by his son Earl Robert Stewart.  It was abandoned by the end of the seventeenth century.

 

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This is what it may have looked like around 1600.

 

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Another view of the Laird’s House.  The stones at the right are a grave yard, dating I think from the 18th century (but I can’t find the reference I saw a few days ago).  In 1814, Sir Walter Scott visited Sumburgh and Shetland as Commissioner of Lighthouses.  In 1822 he published a novel The Pirate which features the Laird’s House and which he named Jarlshof (or the Earl’s House).  This name has stuck for the settlement in place of the earlier name of Sumburgh (a Viking name referring to a fort).

 

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From the viewpoint in the Laird’s House as shown in the previous image, we are able to look down on the site.  There are four wheelhouses, from the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD.  This is what you see here and in the next few images.

 

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This is what like may have been like inside a wheelhouse.

 

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There was also a broch from the last century BC or the first century AD, which later had a wheelhouse built inside it.  In the foreground is some of the remains of the broch, though much of it has been removed by the sea.

 

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The design of the broch must have been similar to the cutaway above.  It would originally have been about 15 metres high.

I might have been better to purchase and read the information booklet before taking photographs and I may have found other views worth of note.  For example, I am not showing you remains of viking-age buildings or one of the iron age souterrains or underground storage tunnels, 6 metres long and 60cm high.

 

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From Jarlshof I then went to catch my plane to Aberdeen.  Except that it didn’t happen.  I had somehow managed to book the flight for the same day on the next month.  So when that was sorted out I had another day in Shetland and one less in the Lofoten Islands in Norway.

Fortunately I was able to stay another night at Burrastow and the image above is from the evening there.

Orkney Monochromes

Orkney, Scotland. Days 23 to 26, 21st to 24th July 2013

These are some monochrome conversions of images that I have posted in colour in other Orkney posts:

 

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Earl’s Castle, Kirkwall

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The Gloup, Deerness

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The Stones of Stenness

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Farm buildings near the Stones of Stenness

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Broch of Gurness

 

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The Between Room, Earl’s Palace Kirkwall

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Bishop’s Palace, Kirkwall

 

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The Round Church of Orphir

 

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The Ring of Brodgar

 

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The Stones of Stenness

 

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The sign says it all

 

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Abandoned Farmhouse near Dounby Click Mill

 

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House # 1, Skara Brae

 

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Derelict Farm Shed, Tingwall

 

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Tingwall

 

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Corrigal Farm Museum

 

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Corrigal Farm Museum

 

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Stromness

 

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Unstan Neolithic Chambered Cairn

More Monochromes from Scotland

This post includes monochrome images from Mainland Scotland and the Western Isles, converted from previous colour posts.  For other monochrome posts in Scotland, see the Monochrome & Infrared tab.

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Dunrobin Castle.

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Girnigoe Castle.

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Girnigoe Castle.

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Dun Dornaigil.

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Loch Eriboll and Ard Neakie Headland.

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Sheep, loch and house, Assynt.

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Abandoned house near Calanais III, Calanais (Callanish), Lewis.

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Calanais I, Calanais (Callanish), Lewis.

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Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Lewis.

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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Huisinis, Harris.

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Probable tomb of John MacLeod of Minginish, St Clement’s Church, Rodel, Harris.

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Coral Beach, Skye.

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View from Duntulm Castle, Skye.

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Duntulm Castle, Skye.

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Internal Staircase, Dun Troddan, near Glenelg.

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Neist Point Lighthouse.

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Coroghan Castle, Canna.

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House foundations on abandoned island, Mingulay, Outer Hebrides.

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On the beach, Vatersay, Outer Hebrides.

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Stac Biorach and Soay, St Kilda Group.

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Stac Biorach and Soay, St Kilda Group.

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Gannets on Stac Biorach, St Kilda Group.

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Orca, Sea of the Hebrides.

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Castle Stalker, The Great Glen.

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Inverlochy Castle, The Great Glen.

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Inverlochy and Invergarry Castles

The Great Glen, Scotland. Day 23 , 21st July.

From Port Appin and Castle Stalker I had to carefully manage my time because I had a plane to catch about 100 kilometres away in Inverness at 1pm.  There were many places along the way that I had identified but was unable to visit.  However, I still managed to stop by at the two castles below.

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Inverlochy Castle

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Inverlochy Castle is close to Fort William and commands the southern approaches to the Great Glen, the great schism that runs north-east to Inverness.  It was built about 1280 by John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch.

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This is what it looked like shortly after it was built.  It was a formidable fortress surrounded by a deep moat and commanding the river access to Loch Ness from the south.  There is no longer a moat and the fort is in ruins.

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There was a naval battle near here in 1297 though I cannot find any details of it.  It was probably between the English and the Scots because 1297 was the year of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, when William Wallace routed the English army and became Guardian of Scotland.

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We are looking at Comyn’s Tower, where John Comyn resided.  John Comyn (the Black Comyn) died in 1302 and was succeeded by his son John Comyn (the Red Comyn).  This was a tempestuous time in Scotland’s history.   King Alexander III died in 1286 and his child heir Margaret Maid of Norway died in 1290 on her way to Scotland.  John Balliol became king in 1292 but was deposed and exiled by Edward I of England in 1296.

The John Comyns (Black and Red) were the chief supporters of John Balliol and thus main rivals of the Robert Bruces (elder and younger).   John (the Red) Comyn was taken prisoner by the English after the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296, when Robert Bruce (the younger) was on the side of the English though not present at the battle.  John was released after agreeing to fight for Edward in Flanders but escaped after hearing of the successes of William Wallace and made his way back to Scotland in support of Wallace.

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After the defeat of William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298, John (the Red) Comyn became Guardian of Scotland along with Robert Bruce the younger, his main rival. There were various combinations of Guardian over the next seven years but they usually included John Comyn as sole or joint Guardian.  In 1304,  when Scotland was about to be overwhelmed by the armies of Edward I, John Comyn signed a peace with reasonable terms.

In 1306, John was murdered in a church by Robert Bruce which provoked a short civil war.  Robert became king as Robert I but was defeated by the English and went into hiding.  He returned in 1307, defeated the English at Loudon Hill, took Inverlochy Castle and crushed the Comyns and their allies in battle.

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There were two battles of Inverlochy much later.  The first in 1431 followed the imprisonment of Alexander of Islay, Lord of the Isles by James I.  In it, Alexander’s cousin Donald Balloch defeated the royalist forces of the Earls of Mar and Caithness.  However, James I soon after led an army into the Highlands and dispersed the rebels.

The second Battle of Inverlochy was in 1645 both as part of the Scottish Civil War and as a battle between clans.  The Royalist Montrose with 1500 men was thirty miles north of Inverlochy with a Covenanter army in front of him at Inverness and another one of 3,000 men under Argyll behind him at Inverlochy.  He slipped away and marched around Ben Nevis at night and surprised Argyll at dawn, routing the Covernantor forces.  In terms of the clans, it was the MacDonalds defeating the Campbells.

Cromwell built a replacement fortification nearby at Fort William in 1654 and Inverlochy Castle fell into disuse from that time.  Though a ruin, it is unusual in that it was never remodelled since its original construction.

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(A section of wall on one of the towers).

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Invergarry Castle

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Invergarry Castle is about another thirty kilometres further along the Great Glen from Inverlochy Castle.  It was built in the early 1600s by the MacDonalds of Glengarry.

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Cromwell’s troops under General Monck burned the castle down in 1654.  It was repaired and from 1688 to 1692 was held for James VII until its surrender to the forces of William and Mary.  It was held by the Jacobites during the rising of 1715 and retaken by the Government in 1715.  In 1745 and 1746 it was also held by the Jacobites during the ’45 rising.

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Cumberland took it in 1746 and sacked it, leaving the empty shell you see today.  There has recently been restoration work to support the structure and it is fenced off so that you cannot go inside, presumably for safety reasons.

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From Invergarry Castle, I drove on to Inverness, in time for a flight to Orkney.

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