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Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 51.c

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Dumbarton Castle in Strathclyde, Scotland. The castle or fort sits on a large rock, 250 feet in height situated where the Rivers Clyde and Leven meet. The rock has been used as a fortress since the 5th century and as a strategic stronghold has been the subject of numerous conflicts between English and Scottish troops. The castle was extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries to provide a secure base for troops fighting against the Jacobite rebels. Since this time the buildings have been used as a military prison and a barracks but it was abandoned by the middle of the 19th century. The army used Dumbarton Castle as a base during the First and Second World Wars and four bombs were actually dropped on the rock by German aircraft.

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