Fincharn Castle

Castle, Hall House

Site Name Fincharn Castle

Classification Castle, Hall House

Alternative Name(s) Finchurn Castle; Fionchairn Castle; Finchairn

Canmore ID 22777

Site Number NM80SE 2

NGR NM 89840 04367

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilmichael Glassary
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

89840 04367

(NM 89840 04367) Fincharn Castle (NR) (remains of).

OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

The very ruinous remains of this medieval hall-house stand on a rocky promontory near the south end of Loch Awe and on its eastern shore. It is two-storied, oriented NW-SE, the lower storey being an unvaulted basement having an entrance through the NW gable, with a bar hole in the left as one enters from the outside. The basement measures 39' by 17' 6" within walls 4' 6" thick generally, but 7' in the NW gable. Small slit windows with square heads and wide, internal splays occur at ground and first floor levels at the NW end, whilst other window openings, but with round, arched heads are traceable at first floor level. Externally the corners have been rounded and the masonry throughout is of early West Highland type.

The Lordship of Glassary, of which this is the manor place was erected in 1240, but the present ruin must represent a later castle. It is said to have belonged to the MacMartins or to the MacIains.

M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; H Millar and J Kirkhope 1964.

As described. The castle wall survives to a height of about 5 metres. Surveyed at 1:10 000 scale.

Visited by OS (W D J) 2 March 1970.

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