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Corra Castle

Corra Castle

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.12

Item number: 4

Length: 13.1

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“The ruins of Corra Castle stands [sic] a few hundred feet from Corehouse. Its situation is very singular, and strongly marks the state of manners at the time it was erected. Nothing, however, is known of when or by whom it was built.

From the bed of the Clyde immediately above where it is precipitated over the fall, a rock perfectly perpendicular rises up to the height of nearly one hundred feet, on the top of which the Castle is built, occupying the whole of its surface. This rock appears at one time to have been quite isolated, whether by nature or art is not known, but a deep ditch, 15 or 20 feet broad, through which flowed a part of the waters of the Clyde, obviously divided it from the adjoining ground, the only access to it or to the rock on which it stood was by a drawbridge opposite the entrance, which could be let down or drawn up at pleasure by those within. It must therefore have been a place of great strength, and could only be taken by preventing supplies being sent. In this strange abode, which may be said to overhang the fall, did the proprietors of Corehouse reside, probably from the period of its erection till the end of the seventeenth or beginning of the eighteenth century, secure from the rude assault of their enemies, and regardless of the roaring waters with which they were surrounded.”

Descriptive letterpress, from 'Photographs of the Clyde'

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