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LOCATION: Ardtornish Castle
PERIOD: 20c
DISTRICT: Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: ARGYLL:Morvern
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
COLLECTION NAME: M E M Donaldson
CREATOR: M E M Donaldson
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Ardtornish Castle stands on a promontory sticking out into the Sound of Mull. It is described as a 'hall house' of probably two storeys, with the principle residence being on the upper floor. The castle was once a residence of the Lords of the Isles. It was part of a chain of eight castles, on both sides of the Sound of Mull, which made it possible to transmit a beacon signal from Mingary Castle (Ardnamurchan) to Dunollie Castle (near Oban) a distance of over 30 miles. Today the castle is in ruins after plans to restore it in the 19th century failed.

M.E.M. 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



IDENTIFIER: GB1796_859_20_0159

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Find out more about the photographer - Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson



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