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LOCATION: Drumnadrochit
PERIOD: 1870s
DISTRICT: Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: INVERNESS:Urquhart and Glenmoriston
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: Fraser Mackintosh (illustrations)
CREATOR: J Fleming and W Forrest
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1875
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View of Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, looking north. Painted by J Fleming and engraved by W Forrest, the illustration is taken from John S Keltie, 'A history of the Scottish Highlands, Highland clans and Highland regiments' , 1875.

Beneath the illustration is written, 'granted by charter 1509 to the family of Grant of Grant now Earls of Seafield'. The present ruin is an early 17th century tower, but the site dates back to the Iron Age. The Comyns owned the castle in the 13th century and it was occupied by Edward I in 1296 and 1303. Attacked regularly by the MacDonalds of the Isles, Castle Urquhart was occupied by Covenanters in 1645 and by Jacobites in 1689. It was destroyed in 1691 by the government to prevent it being used as a Jacobite stronghold. Castle Urquhart is currently maintained by Historic Scotland on behalf of the government



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_159_159

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