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Castle Sween. Oblique aerial view of North-West angle and North-West tower from South wall-head

AG 13257

Description Castle Sween. Oblique aerial view of North-West angle and North-West tower from South wall-head

Date 1983

Catalogue Number AG 13257

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 359773

Scope and Content North-west corner of Castle Sween, Knapdale, Argyll Sween Castle was probably begun in the late 12th century by Suibhne, the first of the MacSween lords of Knapdale. In 1262, the family lost Knapdale to the king's ally, the earl of Menteith, and subsequently became Irish landowners and mercenaries. In the corner is the remains of a groove, or chase, probably intended as a roof-support for now-vanished wooden domestic buildings. Beneath it are the foundations of a covered stair leading to a toilet, or garderobe. Before 1250, castles usually had a wooden hall for feasts and public occasions, and a separate two-storeyed stone chamber-block for the lord's family. After 1250, it became fashionable to build the two side-by-side in a single block. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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