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Appin it is

By colmar  
The castle was built in the thirteenth century by the MacDougals but in 1320 it passed into the ownership of the Stewarts who had, at that time, the Lordship of the Isles. Duncan Stewart of Appin restored it in 1450 for use as a hunting lodge by James IV (of Scotland).
In 1463, Sir John Stewart who was then the owner, was murdered at his own wedding at Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban, by Alan MacDougal, a jealous relative.
The ownership then passed to Dougal Stewart, his son, who had been legitimised by the marriage (that was the cause of all the fuss). Dougal came to live in the castle after the battle of Bridge of Orchy. Later the feud between the Stewart and MacDougal sides of the family came to a climax with the "Bloody Battle of Stalc" fought out on the hillside overlooking the castle (or on the shore). The numbers involved were it is reported, several hundreds. (A tendency to exaggerate numbers was not unknown.) On one side were the Stewarts and the MacLarens and, on the other side, the MacDougals and the MacFarlanes. The Stewarts won and Alan MacDougal (the murderer) was killed.
Later Dougal who held the Lordship of the Isles was tricked out of this title by the Campbells. There followed an exodus of the Stewarts known as Imeach Mor (The Great Flitting of Lorn) but Dougal continued living in the castle and being the chief of Appin for many more years.
In 1689 the Stewarts lost ownership of the castle (to a Campbell of course) in a game of cards.
It was recovered by the Stewarts later, after the battle of Killicrankie. The battle was fought for the restoration of James II (of Britain) and the Stewarts were on the winning side. Stewart of Ardsheal, keen to settle a few scores while he was on a winning run, came back to Appin with his men still hot from the fight and evicted the Campbells. But the times were not entirely auspicious. Graham of Claverhouse, who led the winning side at Killicrankie was also killed at that battle, and the Highland armies were then left without leadership. The Campbells (who always chose which side to be on with some care) gathered their forces and under Archibald (who later became the Tenth Earl and the first Duke) laid siege to Castle Stalcair. The seige lasted a year before the Stewarts yielded it once more to Clan Campbell.
In the 45 rebellion the castle was used to garrison Hanovarian troops.
In modern times the castle was bought by the Stewart family in 1908 but it was by that time is some disrepair. In 1966 it was acquired by the Allward family who still live there having restored it, with some sensitivity, to its present condition. The castle is opened to the public only on certain days, which usually coincide with the local agricultural show.

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23 Oct 2009 7:01AM
Morning Colin !

Great shot & information - hope the weather is being kind to you.

23 Oct 2009 7:21AM
great shot wonderful write up very well presented.
STEVELIN 14 162 3 Ireland
23 Oct 2009 7:39AM
great composition. and great information on the subject
23 Oct 2009 7:49AM
nice image
Ray42 14 3 England
23 Oct 2009 8:19AM
Good shot and information
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:26AM
Wow Thanks for all that
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:53AM
wonderful colours and light brilliant write up too nice one Wink
23 Oct 2009 8:57AM
great write and shot....
23 Oct 2009 9:41AM
Great information & lovely image dear Colmar.
porty2003 19 97 Scotland
23 Oct 2009 9:49AM
Nice one,and interesting info
23 Oct 2009 10:36AM
excellent all round work,well done colmar.ray
x_posure 13 1 Australia
23 Oct 2009 11:37AM
Beautiful shot and great to hear about the history as well.
maggieh 14 4 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 12:59PM
wonderful colours and a great tale of derring do. Life was short and cheap in those far off days. Thanks for the info.
Jez22 14 4 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 2:10PM
Great shot and history lesson,well done
Dave_Holdham 13 4 1 Wales
23 Oct 2009 4:03PM
Wonderful image and a great write up
Adderwatcher 13 60 19 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 5:31PM
Some nice history and a fantastic shot, well taken.
PattiW 17 24 2 United States
23 Oct 2009 7:01PM
Superb presentation and excellent informative historical narrative! God bless, Patti
Roly 15 Wales
23 Oct 2009 8:59PM
Nice shot and super write up.
Thushari 13 1 Sri Lanka
24 Oct 2009 6:20AM
Excellent shot and great information.
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
24 Oct 2009 10:48AM
My, but you've been swatting up on your Scottish history!! Loved that wonderful write-up just about as much as this cracking, moody image! I am just a wee bit biased my middle name being Campbell of course!!

Dusan 13 Sri Lanka
24 Oct 2009 1:34PM
A fine image and interesting write up Colin
nickyv32 15 135 England
25 Oct 2009 8:44AM
Great shot and great write up, very interesting

TerryMcK 14 72 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2009 7:06PM
An excellent, well-narrated feature, Colin.
Oddly enough, a friend recently emailed a similar shot to me saying it was "a photo I took of a castle while in Scotland for a few days..." which told me precisely nothing. I now know a great deal, thanks to you.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
29 Oct 2009 1:52AM
Thanks for all the comments and votes we really appreciate each and every one, Col(in) and Mar(i).

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