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History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:41 am
by Kenneth
I'm reading "Salt in my Porridge" by Angus MacVicar and he makes reference to the "Massacre of Dunaverty". Could somone expand on what he has written in the book. I believe there was a fort on Dunaverty Rock at one time inhabited by the MacVicar Clan, but it was overrun at one point? In the 1500's?
Ken

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:13 am
by EMDEE
Dunaverty Castle had a long and chequered history, being sited in a strategically important position. The massacre of MacDonalds took place in 1647 and involved a much greater number of casualties than the better known Glencoe massacre of 1692.

Kintyre in the 17th Century by Andrew McKerral, published in 1948 and republished in 2002. gives a detailed account of the massacre and the historical context of the events leading up to it. I believe it may still be available.

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:03 am
by Bobbie En Tejas
Kenneth, you might be interested in an old thread on the forum:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=1489&p=12914&hilit=dunaverty#p12857

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:36 pm
by Mousireid
This link gives a good history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunaverty_Castle

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:49 pm
by Kenneth
Thank you all for your quick response, I'll try to obtain "Kintyre in the 17th C" Although I spent the first ten years of my life in Campbeltown, history was not first on my mind. I guess as we age, where we come from, becomes a lot more important.
Regards
Ken
Ontario, Canada

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:22 am
by EMDEE
Mousireid wrote:This link gives a good history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunaverty_Castle


The Wikipedia entry, whilst quite informative, states that the locality is now known as "Blood Rock" I must confess that I have never heard anybody local referring to Dunaverty as "Blood Rock". Is this correct or not?

Re: History of Dunaverty

PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:25 pm
by katya
Yes, that is correct.