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TANTALLON, STRONGHOLD OF THE DOUGLASES, AND CASTLE URQUHART ON LOCH NESS

TANTALLON, STRONGHOLD OF THE DOUGLASES, AND CASTLE URQUHART ON LOCH NESS

Built on a promontory whose neck was defended by a fifty foot wall, strengthened with towers, and by a double ditch, Tantallon was almost untakable. It dates from the fourteenth century, and successfully held out against James V in the sixteenth. But General Monk succeeded in destroying it in the next century. In the distance, one and a half miles away, is the Bass Rock. Edward I built Castle Urquhart (bottom), and the tower was put up in the sixteenth century by the Grants, who came to own it.

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