Site Name Castle Lachlan
Alternative Name(s) Old Castle Lachlan; Strathlachlan Policies
Canmore ID 40549
Site Number NS09NW 1
NGR NS 00527 95280
NGR Description Centred on NS 00527 95280
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Argyll And Bute
- Parish Strathlachlan
- Former Region Strathclyde
- Former District Argyll And Bute
- Former County Argyll
NS09NW 1 00527 95280
Not to be confused with the country house of the same name (at NS 01298 95563), for which see NS09NW 26.
(NS 0052 9526) Castle (NR) (In Ruins)
OS 6" map (1900)
Castle Lachlan, which is probably of 15th century date is of a peculiar form. Externally, its appearance is of a great keep, 70' N-S by 54' transversely, standing 43' high; but on going inside, it is found to consist of two tenements, on the E and W sides of a narrow open court, 12'6" wide by 34'3" long. These two blocks are connected at the N end by a small building containing a room 8' by 7' and a small wheel-staircase. The castle was occupied by the Maclachlans till 1746, when attacked by a government warship; though little damage was done, its occupants fled, and it was never again occupied.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889
Generally as described. The N and S corners have fallen.
Visited by OS (DWR) 29 November 1972
Watching Brief (14 March 2013)
NS 00527 95280 A watching brief was carried out, 14 March 2013, during the construction of external and internal scaffolding at Old Lachlan Castle. No finds or features of archaeological significance were observed.
Archive: Argyll Archaeology
Funder: Historic Scotland
Clare Ellis, Argyll Archaeology, 2013