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TITLE
Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0848
PLACENAME
Dunstaffnage Castle
DISTRICT
South Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10740
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands
social histories
castles
photograph
Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban

The remains of Dunstaffnage Castle lie north of Oban, at a strategic point on the Firth of Lorn at the mouth of Loch Etive. This view of Dunstaffnage was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

The area around Dunstaffnage was once an important junction of the west coast sea lanes. It was fortified in the seventh century when the Kings of Dalriada emigrated to the area from Ireland. Dunstaffnage Castle was built in the 13th century by the MacDougalls but was seized in 1309 by Robert the Bruce when they refused to pledge allegiance to him. The castle was later handed over to the Campbells and was garrisoned by Government troops during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It was also used as a temporary prison for Flora MacDonald in 1746 for her part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The photographer, 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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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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Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban

ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride

20c

Highlands and Islands; social histories; castles; photograph

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The remains of Dunstaffnage Castle lie north of Oban, at a strategic point on the Firth of Lorn at the mouth of Loch Etive. This view of Dunstaffnage was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> The area around Dunstaffnage was once an important junction of the west coast sea lanes. It was fortified in the seventh century when the Kings of Dalriada emigrated to the area from Ireland. Dunstaffnage Castle was built in the 13th century by the MacDougalls but was seized in 1309 by Robert the Bruce when they refused to pledge allegiance to him. The castle was later handed over to the Campbells and was garrisoned by Government troops during the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It was also used as a temporary prison for Flora MacDonald in 1746 for her part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie.<br /> <br /> The photographer, 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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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.