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Castle Sween. Detail of masonry arch supporting North-West platform on West side.

AG 13284

Description Castle Sween. Detail of masonry arch supporting North-West platform on West side.

Date 1983

Catalogue Number AG 13284

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 359781

Scope and Content Supporting-arch in gully under west wing 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. This arch was built to enclose a gully in the shattered outcrop of rock on which the west wing was built in the early 13th century. Until the Scots victory at Largs in 1266, the MacDonald Lords of the Isles supported their overlord, the King of Norway, in his struggle not to lose the Western Isles to the King of Scots. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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