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Castle Sween. Aerial view from the North-East..

SC 1682682

Description Castle Sween. Aerial view from the North-East..

Date 1984

Catalogue Number SC 1682682

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of A 65406

Scope and Content Aerial view of Castle Sween looking down Loch Sween, Knapdale, Argyll Castle Sween, Scotland's oldest standing castle, was built to defend Knapdale in the 12th century and modified in the 14th and 15th centuries. Garrisoned for the Parliament in 1640s, it was captured and burnt by Royalists and then abandoned. Additions to the MacSween curtain walls include the rebuilding of the west range with a round tower by John Menteith around 1300, and the 15th-century corner tower, by the MacDonalds. To the right of the castle is a small boat-landing. The Lordship of Knapdale was lost by the MacSweens to Walter Stewart Earl of Menteith in 1262, then inherited by Robert II. In 1376 he granted most of it to the MacDonald Lords of the Isles who, in 1475, lost it by forfeiture to the Campbell Earls of Argy Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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