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TITLE
Dunvegan Castle
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2516_P128
PLACENAME
Dunvegan Castle
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
DATE OF IMAGE
1797
PERIOD
1790s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31733
KEYWORDS
castles
lochs
towers
flags
clans
legends
buildings
residences
Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle stands on the east shore of Loch Dunvegan, west of Portree on the Isle of Skye. The castle is the ancestral home of the Macleod clan and claims to be the oldest residence in Scotland continuously occupied by the same family. Parts of the castle date from the 9th century but each subsequent century has seen renovations and additions.

The castle houses many precious clan artefacts. The most famous of these is the Fairy Flag. This was said to have been given to one of the chiefs by his wife who was a fairy. The flag is said to bring success to the clan if unfurled in time of dire need. The flag can be used three times and has so far been used twice, at the Battle of Glendale in 1490 and the Battle of Trumpan in 1578.

This illustration is from 'The Antiquities of Scotland', volume 2, by Francis Grose, 1797

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Dunvegan Castle

INVERNESS: Duirinish

1790s

castles; lochs; towers; flags; clans; legends; buildings; residences

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Dunvegan Castle stands on the east shore of Loch Dunvegan, west of Portree on the Isle of Skye. The castle is the ancestral home of the Macleod clan and claims to be the oldest residence in Scotland continuously occupied by the same family. Parts of the castle date from the 9th century but each subsequent century has seen renovations and additions.<br /> <br /> The castle houses many precious clan artefacts. The most famous of these is the Fairy Flag. This was said to have been given to one of the chiefs by his wife who was a fairy. The flag is said to bring success to the clan if unfurled in time of dire need. The flag can be used three times and has so far been used twice, at the Battle of Glendale in 1490 and the Battle of Trumpan in 1578.<br /> <br /> This illustration is from 'The Antiquities of Scotland', volume 2, by Francis Grose, 1797