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TITLE
Ruins of the Back Settlement, Ardsheal
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0721
PLACENAME
Ardsheal
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10620
KEYWORDS
Jacobites
Jacobite rebellion
settlements
Ruins of the Back Settlement, Ardsheal

This photograph shows the farmhouse at Back Settlement, also known as Leacnasgeir, Ardsheal, Duror. The roof is still intact in the picture but in her book, 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' Miss Donaldson says the house was vacant. To the right of the house, the roofless steading can be seen with roof timbers projecting above the walls.

During the Jacobite rising of 1745-6, the Appin Stewarts, led by Charles Stewart of Ardsheal, were out for Bonnie Prince Charlie and fought for him at Culloden. After the prince's defeat, Stewart of Ardsheal went into hiding from the government troops. Tradition has it he hid in a cave behind a waterfall, close to the village of Duror on the Ardsheal Peninsula on the shores of Loch Linnhe. This ruined settlement on the Ardsheal Peninsula was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban.


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Ruins of the Back Settlement, Ardsheal

ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin

20c

Jacobites; Jacobite rebellion; settlements

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This photograph shows the farmhouse at Back Settlement, also known as Leacnasgeir, Ardsheal, Duror. The roof is still intact in the picture but in her book, 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' Miss Donaldson says the house was vacant. To the right of the house, the roofless steading can be seen with roof timbers projecting above the walls.<br /> <br /> During the Jacobite rising of 1745-6, the Appin Stewarts, led by Charles Stewart of Ardsheal, were out for Bonnie Prince Charlie and fought for him at Culloden. After the prince's defeat, Stewart of Ardsheal went into hiding from the government troops. Tradition has it he hid in a cave behind a waterfall, close to the village of Duror on the Ardsheal Peninsula on the shores of Loch Linnhe. This ruined settlement on the Ardsheal Peninsula was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. <br /> <br /> Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.