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TITLE
Clan Ranald's Castle
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6403
PLACENAME
South Uist
DISTRICT
South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: South Uist
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29636
KEYWORDS
George Washington Wilson
castles
houses
mansions
Macdonalds
Clanranald
Ormiclate
Ormacleit
Ormaclete
South Uist
Jacobites
fires
tragedies
battles
Sheriffmuir
Clan Ranald's Castle

This photograph shows Clan Ranald's Castle. It was taken by George Washington Wilson (1823 - 1893) an Aberdeen-based photographer who travelled extensively in Scotland, and abroad, taking landscape photographs with the aid of a portable darkroom. He photographed Queen Victoria and was commissioned by her to record the construction of Balmoral.

Allan Macdonald of Clan Ranald built this mansion house at Ormiclate (sometimes Ormacleit or Ormaclete), on the west coast of South Uist, for his wife, Penelope Louisa MacKenzie, whom he met during his exile in France following the 1689-90 Jacobite Uprising. Designed in the modern French style by a French architect the two-storeyed, T-shaped house was started in 1701 and took seven years to build. Unfortunately Macdonald was mortally wounded at the Battle of Sheriffmuir on November 13th 1715. The house at Ormiclate is supposed to have burned down as the result of a kitchen fire on the eve of the battle and Ailean is said to have died in the fire. The house was never rebuilt.

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Clan Ranald's Castle

INVERNESS: South Uist

1890s

George Washington Wilson; castles; houses; mansions; Macdonalds; Clanranald; Ormiclate; Ormacleit; Ormaclete; South Uist; Jacobites; fires; tragedies; battles; Sheriffmuir

Mark Butterworth - Priscus

Imaging the Past

This photograph shows Clan Ranald's Castle. It was taken by George Washington Wilson (1823 - 1893) an Aberdeen-based photographer who travelled extensively in Scotland, and abroad, taking landscape photographs with the aid of a portable darkroom. He photographed Queen Victoria and was commissioned by her to record the construction of Balmoral.<br /> <br /> Allan Macdonald of Clan Ranald built this mansion house at Ormiclate (sometimes Ormacleit or Ormaclete), on the west coast of South Uist, for his wife, Penelope Louisa MacKenzie, whom he met during his exile in France following the 1689-90 Jacobite Uprising. Designed in the modern French style by a French architect the two-storeyed, T-shaped house was started in 1701 and took seven years to build. Unfortunately Macdonald was mortally wounded at the Battle of Sheriffmuir on November 13th 1715. The house at Ormiclate is supposed to have burned down as the result of a kitchen fire on the eve of the battle and Ailean is said to have died in the fire. The house was never rebuilt.