A wide choice of topics covered from the dawn of history right up to present days . Many of these have a wider relevance than purely within the context of Strathearn . The author's viewpoint often is at variance with the accepted opinions espoused elsewhere eg The Jacobite Uprisings and The Reformation .
Monday, 6 October 2014
Castle Cluggy and Loch Monzievaird , Ochtertyre
Castle Cluggy and Loch Monzievaird, Ochtertyre
Loch Monzievaird ( above )
Sir Patrick Keith Murray with the castle in the trees behind the crannog
These are an incredible reminder to us how and where our ancient forbearers dwelt
and existed at time when native
soil was inhabited by wild animals as well as aggressive natives ! Loch
Monzievaird has excellent examples of these crannogs but in addition on the north shore lies one of Strathearn’s ancient dwellings ,
namely Castle Cuggy . Located and accessed from the west at Loch Mozvievaird
Chalets , the Castle is very old , being described in 1467 as being “antiquum
fortalicium” – an ancient castle !
Tradition has it that it was the home of the Red Comyn the
protagonist of Robert the Bruce , King of Scotland .Legend tells us that Castle
Cluggy was one of the possessions of Malise, Earl of Strathearn It came into possession of the Drummond family
and in 1488 was the subject of a legal
battle with the Murray family over ownership . In 1650 it was occupied by Sir William
Murray , first Baronet of Ochtertyre
when Cromwell was endeavouring to take over Scotland .It lies on a piece of
land known as the “Dry Isle “ .The crannog
due south of it was said to have
been used in days gone by as a place of containment for any prisoners
held by the castle. It is now a
scheduled monument under the ownership of Sir Brian Souter of Ochtertyre . Much
of the original castle has been destroyed revealing an impressive square tower with thick walls and arrow slots
at various levels .
The natural beauty of
Loch Monzievaird make it a pleasant walk around its perimeter shores .