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Castle Sween. General view from North-East.

AG 13235

Description Castle Sween. General view from North-East.

Date 1983

Catalogue Number AG 13235

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 359767

Scope and Content Outside of north-east tower of Castle Sween, Knapdale, Argyll Castle Sween was granted to the MacDonald Lords of the Isles in 1376. From 1440 it was kept for them by the MacNeills, and then, in the early 1470s, by Alexander MacMillan. The castle was forfeited in 1475 and granted to the Campbells. The north-east tower is traditionally known as the MacMillan tower. However, Alexander MacMillan only held the castle for about three years, probably not long enough for a building project like this. James IV dispossessed the last of the semi-independent - or from the king's perspective, rebellious - MacDonald Lords of the Isles in 1493. The king granted their lands to the Campbell Earl of Argyll who he trusted to control the west coast of Scotland. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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