Topic: Sween Castle
posted 01-02-2000 12:37 PM
any information on this would be so helpful!!!!! thanks....
posted 01-02-2000 03:29 PM
Castle Sween stands on the eastern side of Loch sween, on the west coast of Argyll
scotland. It contains the earliest confirmed dated surviving stonework of the Scottish
Castles. The earliest surviving sections of the castle are dated 1200, give or take a
decade, though it's origins may be 50-100 years earlier. It stands on a rocky knoll and
is a castle of enclosure, that is it is surrounded by a curtain wall or enceinte. There is
a strong keep of the 15th century.In the keep the vaulted basement contained a
kitchen and a bakehouse, the hall was on the first floor.
Private chambers occupied the floors above.
there is a round corner tower, with prison or cesspit.
The castle was built when this part of Scotland was ruled by the Norsemen, and is said
to be named after Sueno, an 11th century Dane. It was a property of the McSweens,
then the McMillans, Stewarts, MacNeills(for the MacDonalds), and in 1481 came under
crown control and the Campbells appointed as keepers. In 1647 it was captured and
partly dismantled by Alastair Colkitto MacDonald. one of the towers collapsed in the
19th C buthas been consolidated.
Adapted from 'The Castles of Scotland' by Martin Coventry.
It is open to the public throughout the year.
Go to http://www.ccsna.org/castles/sween.html
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