Bruce’s Siege of Dunstaffnage

De conflictu regis Roberti contra Ergadienses Eodem anno [1308] infra octavas Ascencionis beatae Virginis Mariae idem rex Ergadiensis devicit in medio Ergadiae et totam terram sibi subegit, ducem eorum nomine Alexandrum de Argadia fugientem ad castrum de Dunstafinch per aliquod tempus inibi obsedit, qui eidem regi Castrum reddidit et sibi homagium facere recusans, dato salvo […]

The Campbells and Boar’s Hill Farm

How the Campbells came into possession of Torr-an-tuirc. TORR-AN-TUIRC is partly an arable but chiefly a grazing hill-farm, and is situated at the north-east corner of Lochnell (Loch-nan-eala). This farm gave its name to a property which comprised several farms—viz., Torr-an-tuirc, Cabrachan, Kilmore (A’ Chill-mhòr), Dailnacàbaig, Kille-choinnich (Cille-Choinnich), Srontoilleir, and Baile-ghobhainn—all lying around Lochnell. This […]

MacFadyen’s Cave

MACFADYEN came from Ireland (Eirin) to Cantyre (Cinn-tìre), with a following of 1400 men, to assist King Edward in his efforts to conquer Scotland. From Cantyre he made his way to Lorne (Lathurna), where he was joined by a party of the MacDougalls. When the Knight of Lochow (Loch-odha) heard of his coming, he sent a […]

How the Galley for Lorne Came to the Campbells

(These notes on the Galley for Lorne are based upon letters which appeared in the ‘Scotsman,’ signed “Ergadiensis,” “T.H.I.S.,” and “Mr H.D. Smith,” all of whom wrote in answer to letters from me in the  ‘Scotsman’ or ‘Glasgow Herald.’ — Ed.) THE charter […] 1470 was no confirmation of the heiresses’ claim to Lorne, for none […]

Little Wat Ye Wha’s Coming

Little wat ye wha’s coming, Little wat ye wha’s coming, Little wat ye wha’s coming, Jock and Tam and a’s coming. Duncan’s coming, Donald’s coming, Colin’s coming, Ronald’s coming, Dougald’s coming, Lauchlan’s coming, Alaster and a’s coming. Borland and his men’s coming, Cameron and M’Lean’s coming, Gordon and M’Gregor’s coming, Ilka Dunywastle’s coming. Little wat […]

Coeffin Castle

Coeffin Castle was built in the XIII century, probably by the MacDougalls of Lorn. Lismore was an important site within their lordship, being the location of St. Moluag’s Cathedral, seat of the Bishop of Argyll. The first written evidence of the castle occurs in 1469–70, when it was granted to Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy […]

Innis Chonnel Castle

Innis Chonnel was one of the earliest Campbell strongholds, certainly from as early as 1308 until the present day. The massive walls of Innis Chonnel crown the rocky southwestern end of a small island half way down the eastern shore of Lochawe. The island and the adjacent shore are now heavily wooded, as they would […]

Castle Sween

Castle Sween takes its name from Suibhne, who is thought to have built the castle. Suibhne is believed to have been a grandson of Hugh “the Splendid” O’Neill who died in 1047. In the XIII century the Clan MacSween, or descendants of Suibhne, governed lands extending as far north as Loch Awe and as far south as Skipness Castle on Loch Fyne. In the later half […]