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Dunyvaig Castle, Islay

Dunyvaig Castle, Islay

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LOCATION: Lagavulin
PERIOD: 20c
DISTRICT: Islay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH: ARGYLL:Kildalton and Oa
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
COLLECTION NAME: M E M Donaldson
CREATOR: M E M Donaldson
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Dunyvaig Castle lies in ruins on the south coast of Islay overlooking Lagavulin Bay. There are the remains of a 13th century courtyard and a 15th century keep but most of the ruins date from the 16th century. The castle was once a stronghold and naval base of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles. It was forfeited to the Crown in 1493 and passed into the hands of the MacIans of Ardnamurchan. The castle was then leased to the MacDonalds, passed to the Campbells and leased back to the MacDonalds. A Covenanting army led by David Leslie seized the castle after a siege and then the Campbells of Cawdor occupied Dunyvaig Castle until 1677 when Sir Hugh Campbell demolished it before the family moved to the comfort of Islay House.

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_0239

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Find out more about the photographer - Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson



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