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View of Fort William 43.b

View of Fort William 43.b

Artist: Skinner, William

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1751

Shelfmark: Ktop L

Item number: 43.b

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Known in Scottish as an 'Gearasdan’ which translates as ‘garrison’, a fort was built on this site in 1654 by General Monk during the Cromwellian era to control the Highland clans. A community developed around the fort which was rebuilt from stone during reign of King Willian III. Situated at the head of Loch Linnhe the fort was also strategically very important during the 17th and 18th centuries because it could be re-supplied by boat. The fort was abandoned during the 19th century and was consequently demolished to make way for the West Highland Railway and Fort William is now one of the largest towns in the Highlands.

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