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Stack Islands, Eilean Leathan, Weaver's Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Stack Islands, Eilean Leathan, Weaver's Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Cristal A Bhrebider; Caisteal An Reubadair; Na Stachan Dubha; Eriskay

Canmore ID 9763

Site Number NF70NE 1

NGR NF 7859 0717

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish South Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Weaver¿s Castle (Caisteal a¿ Bhreabadair) Mortared rubble ruin of a tower of uncertain date, once a stronghold of the MacNeils. Later it was the home of the notorious pirate wrecker Breabadair Stache (weaver being a corruption of riever). He and most of his family were eventually slain by soldiers.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NF70NE 1 7859 0717.

(NF 7859 0717) Weaver's Castle (NR) (Ruin)

OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Weaver's Castle or Caistal a Bhrebider is situated on Eilean Leathan, the largest and most southerly of the Stack Islands off the south coast of Eriskay. It is a rectangular tower of rubble in lime mortar measuring 12 1/2ft E-W by 9 3/4ft N-S within walls 4 1/4 to 4 1/2ft thick. In 1924, the NE corner stood to 15 1/2ft and the other walls were 4ft high.

RCAHMS 1928; New Statistical Account (NSA, Rev R Maclean) 1845.

Weaver's Castle is generally as described above.

Surveyed at 1:10560.

About 30.0m. east of the castle are the stone footings of two shieling-like structures within an associated circular enclosure.

Visited by OS (E G C) 22 May 1965.


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