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Duart Castle, Mull

A Category A Listed Building in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.4562 / 56°27'22"N

Longitude: -5.6549 / 5°39'17"W

OS Eastings: 174893

OS Northings: 735325

OS Grid: NM748353

Mapcode National: GBR DCFN.6KB

Mapcode Global: WH0G3.3ZFH

Plus Code: 9C8PF84W+F2

Entry Name: Duart Castle, Mull

Listing Name: Duart Castle

Listing Date: 20 July 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351970

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17974

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200351970

Location: Torosay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Parish: Torosay

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Tagged with: Castle

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KEEP: Later 14th century.(?). Oblong. 3 storeys and cap-house. Random rubble. Slated roof (modern). Flush parapet. Slit windows. Interior: kitchens in 1st storey. Banqueting Hall in 2nd. On N.W. side of court. CURTAIN WALL on other 3 sides of court. Probably earlier than Keep. Entrance on SW approached by stairs.

HOUSE: 17th cent. L-plan. 2 storeys and garret. Corbie-step-gabled. Dormers. Lintel over entrance in NE arm inscribed 'SAM 1653', inset over with armorial bearings. Turnpike stair on NE side. Built into NE and SE sides of court with windows in curtain walls.

Statement of Interest

Since the 13th Century. Seat of Macleans of Duart. On a rocky promontory on Sound of Mull. Keep perhaps built for Lachlan Lubanach Maclean. House added for Sir Allan Maclean, 3rd Bt Lands and Castle (forfeited by Sir John, 4th Bt) Passed to Earl of Argyll 1692. Abandoned 1751. Castle fell into decay, but was bought back in 1911 by Colonel Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 10th Bt, 26th Chief, and was restored for him by Sir John James Burnet.

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