Duntrune Castle

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Alternative Names Duntroon Castle; Poltalloch Estate; Loch Crinan
Site Type CASTLE, FORT (POSSIBLE)
Canmore ID 39147
Site Number NR79NE 3
NGR NR 79363 95576
Council ARGYLL AND BUTE
Parish KILMARTIN
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NR79NE 3.00 79363 95576

(NR 7936 9557) Duntroon Castle (NR)
OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900).

NR79NE 3.01 centred NR 7936 9557 Garden
NR79NE 3.02 NR 7940 9570 Farmsteading and gate piers
NR79NE 3.03 NR 79214 95650 Boat House

See also:
NR89NW 131 NR 80223 95859 Gate Piers

OWNER: Colonel G I Malcolm of Poltalloch

NMRS REFERENCE:
PLANS
I G Lindsay Collection, W/365

LIBRARY
1 newspaper cutting - missing at time of upgrade (10.9.1999).
(Undated) information in NMRS.

Castle visible on oblique air photograph - CUCAP JS 71 1.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

Duntrune Castle (information from OS) occupies a promontory projecting into the N side of Loch Crinan. It comprises a 13th century enceinte wall, 6' thick, 24-28' high, enclosing an irregular area 70' by 50'. The entrance is in the NE and has been strengthened later by a lower wall, forming a narrow way round two sides of the enceinte. A 17th century L-plan house stands in the S angle of the courtyard, evidently on the site of an earlier one, incorporating part of its walls. This has few important features, the roof having been modernised. but the crow-stepped gables survive. It is now a private residence, and was the seat of the Campbells of Duntroon, besieged by Colkitto or his son Alasdair in the 17th century.
It may occupy the site of an earlier (prehistoric) fort (Campbell and Sandeman 1964).
NSA 1845; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; S Cruden 1960; M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; Information from Col G Malcolm, owner.

'Duntrune Castle' is as described above. There is no evidence of an earlier fort.
Visited by OS (RD) 6 April 1970.

As described in the previous information.
Surveyed at 1/10,000.
Visited by OS (TRG) 26 January 1977.

 
Books and References

Campbell and Sandeman, M and M (1964) 'Mid Argyll: an archaeological survey', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.95
Page(s): 55, 87

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 83 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Cruden, S (1960a) 'The Scottish Castle', Edinburgh
Page(s): 39 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.CRU

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