Kilchurn Castle

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Kilchurn Castle

 

Historically, Kilchurn Castle was the stronghold of the Campbell Clan. But it is most probable the Castle had been built earlier during the reign of the McGregor Clan as this family was the ruling clan before it was usurped by the Campbells. For over 400 years the Campbells used Kilchurn Castle as their seat

and later converted it into a stronghold of the government during the time of the Jacobites. Politically,

the Campbells were always on the side of the government.

When peace among the clans arrived with the strength of the McGregors fading, Kilchurn Castle was no longer needed as a stronghold. The new Duke of Bredalbane, Lord Glenorchy, moved the entire family to Perthshire at Taymouth Castle as the wealth and power of the Campbells grew.

During the height of its glory, Kilchurn Castle was a formidable fortress and splendid home.

It is well recorded at the Edinburgh Register House how advanced and extremely wealthy and

powerful the Campbells were. Family records at the Register House in Edinburgh date back to the time when the famous Scottish King Robert the Bruce had his lodgings at Kilchurn Castle. There is also a record of a certain Glenorchy not paying his tailor for services rendered.

Kilchurn Castle was completely abandoned in the latter part of the 18th century. Unfortunately, it also suffered the fate of burning down, supposedly after lighting struck it, though it is rumored that a vengeful McGregor was responsible for the fire.