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Dunolly Castle, Oban

Dunolly Castle, Oban

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 2

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The ruins of Donolly are situated on a bold and precipitous promontory, overhanging the bay of Oban, and distant about half a mile from the town. The principal part which remains is the donjon or keep; but fragments of other buildings overgrown with ivy attest that it had once been a place of importance and power. It was the ancient castle of the Macdougals of Lorn, whose descendants occupy a mansion in its vicinity, having on the one hand Loch Etive, with its numerous islands, and, on the other, romantic eminences tufted with copsewood.

A huge upright pillar or fragment of that rock, called plum-pudding stone, stands about a quarter of a mile from the castle. It is called 'Clach-na-can' or the Dog-stone, because Fingal is said to have used it as a stake to which he bound his dog Bran. The stake is certainly no ordinary one, but Bran was no ordinary dog."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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