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TITLE
Entrance to Loch Moidart
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_1055
PLACENAME
Loch Moidart
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Arisaig and Moidart
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10945
KEYWORDS
social histories
castles
MacDonald
Clanranald
islands
lochs
ruins
fortresses
Entrance to Loch Moidart

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows the entrance to Loch Moidart, with Castle Tioram in the distance.

Situated on a small tidal island, the castle is only accessible during the hours of low tide. It dates from the 13th century but was taken over by Amy MacRuari after the annulment of her marriage to John, 7th Lord of the Isles, in the 14th century. Amy's second son was the founder of the MacDonalds of Clan Ranald and Castle Tioram later became their fortress.

The castle has had a turbulent history. It was attacked during a clan dispute on the orders of Mary of Guise in 1554 and was captured by Cromwell in 1651. The last Clan Ranald owner of the castle burned it down before he went to join the Jacobites in 1715, in order to prevent its use by government troops. The castle was never reoccupied and now stands as a dangerous ruin.

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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Entrance to Loch Moidart

INVERNESS: Arisaig and Moidart

20c

social histories; castles; MacDonald; Clanranald; islands; lochs; ruins; fortresses

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This photograph, taken in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson, shows the entrance to Loch Moidart, with Castle Tioram in the distance. <br /> <br /> Situated on a small tidal island, the castle is only accessible during the hours of low tide. It dates from the 13th century but was taken over by Amy MacRuari after the annulment of her marriage to John, 7th Lord of the Isles, in the 14th century. Amy's second son was the founder of the MacDonalds of Clan Ranald and Castle Tioram later became their fortress.<br /> <br /> The castle has had a turbulent history. It was attacked during a clan dispute on the orders of Mary of Guise in 1554 and was captured by Cromwell in 1651. The last Clan Ranald owner of the castle burned it down before he went to join the Jacobites in 1715, in order to prevent its use by government troops. The castle was never reoccupied and now stands as a dangerous ruin.<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.