Places to Visit in Scotland
- Carnasserie Castle, Argyll
Built between 1565 and 1572 on the site of an older building, Carnasserie Castle is on a ridge above the Kilmartin> valley. The car park is just off the main A816 road, heading towards Oban>, so visitors have a climb up a pathway to reach the castle itself.
Carnasserie was built by John Carswell who became Bishop of Argyll and the Isles in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots>. He translated John Knox's> "Liturgy" into Gaelic which became the first book ever printed in Scots Gaelic. Carswell held the lands and the castle on behalf of Archibald Campbell, the 5th Earl of Argyll. A motto above a doorway reads " God be with O Duibhne" - the archaic name for the chiefs of the Campbells> of Argyll. The panel also contains the Earl's coat of arms as well as the royal arms - the Earl of Argyll married a daughter of King James V>. The Earl took over the castle on Carswell's death in 1572. It is now owned by Historic Scotland>.
The castle was badly damaged by the MacLeans and MacLachlans when the 9th Earl of Argyll took part in the Monmouth Rising, a rebellion against King James VII in 1685. Nevertheless, there are still fine stone carvings and a magnificent fireplace to be seen.
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