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Castle Sween. General view of South-West facade.

SC 366684

Description Castle Sween. General view of South-West facade.

Date 29/9/1942

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 366684

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AG 3186/14

Scope and Content South walls of Castle Sween looking down Loch 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. From the south, allowing for decay, the castle has much the same shape as it would have had around 1200 - a simple rectangular structure with a single corner tower (right) and buttresses on its remaining corners and in the middle of each wall. 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.

External Reference Emergency Survey

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/366684

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