Stack Islands, Eilean Leathan, Weaver's Castle
Site Name Stack Islands, Eilean Leathan, Weaver's Castle
Classification Tower House
Alternative Name(s) Cristal A Bhrebider; Caisteal An Reubadair; Na Stachan Dubha; Eriskay
Canmore ID 9763
Site Number NF70NE 1
NGR NF 7859 0717
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
- Council Western Isles
- Parish South Uist
- Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
- Former District Western Isles
- Former County Inverness-shire
Weaver¿s Castle (Caisteal a¿ Bhreabadair) Mortared rubble ruin of a tower of uncertain date, once a stronghold of the MacNeils. Later it was the home of the notorious pirate wrecker Breabadair Stache (weaver being a corruption of riever). He and most of his family were eventually slain by soldiers.
Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk
(NF 7859 0717) Weaver's Castle (NR) (Ruin)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)
Weaver's Castle or Caistal a Bhrebider is situated on Eilean Leathan, the largest and most southerly of the Stack Islands off the south coast of Eriskay. It is a rectangular tower of rubble in lime mortar measuring 12 1/2ft E-W by 9 3/4ft N-S within walls 4 1/4 to 4 1/2ft thick. In 1924, the NE corner stood to 15 1/2ft and the other walls were 4ft high.
RCAHMS 1928; New Statistical Account (NSA, Rev R Maclean) 1845.
Weaver's Castle is generally as described above.
Surveyed at 1:10560.
About 30.0m. east of the castle are the stone footings of two shieling-like structures within an associated circular enclosure.
Visited by OS (E G C) 22 May 1965.