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Dunstaffnage Castle

Dunstaffnage Castle

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 10370.cc35

Item number: 3

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"On an insulated promontory, upon the shores of Loch Etive, stands this ancient stronghold, once the seat of the Dalriadic Kings. It appears to have been of a square form, having round towers at each of its corners. The entrance is by a ruinous staircase towards the sea, but it is supposed that, in former ages, it was by means of a drawbridge. All that now remains are its outer walls, within which is a modern house, the residence of the proprietor. The famous stone - the palladium of Scotland - was preserved here till romoved by Kenneth II. to Scone, whence it was conveyed by Edward I. to Westminster Abbey. It is still preserved there, and used on coronation occasions, verifying the old monkish inscripton on it -

'Unless old prophecies and words are vain -

Where'er this stone is found, the Scots shall reign.'

A prediction which was considered to have been fulfilled when James VI. succeeded to the English throne. About 400 feet from the Castle are the remains of a small chapel, now roof-less, where some of the ancient kings are said to be buried. On the north side of it is a rock, from one side of which, the voice of a person is heard on the other side as if proceeding from some one within the ruins."

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

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