Stack Islands, Eilean Leathan, Weaver's Castle

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Alternative Names Cristal A Bhrebider; Caisteal An Reubadair; Na Stachan Dubha; Eriskay
Canmore ID 9763
Site Number NF70NE 1
NGR NF 7859 0717
Former District WESTERN ISLES
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Weaver¿s Castle (Caisteal a¿ Bhreabadair) Mortared rubble ruin of a tower of uncertain date, once a stronghold of the MacNeils. Later it was the home of the notorious pirate wrecker Breabadair Stache (weaver being a corruption of riever). He and most of his family were eventually slain by soldiers.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

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Archaeological Notes

NF70NE 1 7859 0717.

(NF 7859 0717) Weaver's Castle (NR) (Ruin)
OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

Weaver's Castle or Caistal a Bhrebider is situated on Eilean Leathan, the largest and most southerly of the Stack Islands off the south coast of Eriskay. It is a rectangular tower of rubble in lime mortar measuring 12 1/2ft E-W by 9 3/4ft N-S within walls 4 1/4 to 4 1/2ft thick. In 1924, the NE corner stood to 15 1/2ft and the other walls were 4ft high.
RCAHMS 1928; New Statistical Account (NSA, Rev R Maclean) 1845.

Weaver's Castle is generally as described above.
Surveyed at 1:10560.
About 30.0m. east of the castle are the stone footings of two shieling-like structures within an associated circular enclosure.
Visited by OS (E G C) 22 May 1965.


Notes This project indicates that the record to which it is linked is within, or near the boundary, of an area managed by a SURE partner.
Information from RCAHMS (SH) 24th January 2014

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Books and References

Miers, M (2008) The Western Seaboard: an illustrated architectural guide, Edinburgh

NSA (1834-1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol. 14, Inverness-shire, 188 Held at RCAHMS B.2.2.STA

RCAHMS (1928) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, Edinburgh
Page(s): 108, No. 372 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(9)

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