For the past two Tuesdays, I posted part 1 and part 2 of Dunollie Castle in Argyll, Scotland. Now I want to show you some of the nearby 1745 House.
|View of a small farm road or walking trail and the field.|
|The 1745 House (and a piper.)|
The above photo shows where the 3 structures join, the one story Laich Biggin or Low House, the 1745 House to the right and a newer addition at the top center or back. Below you can see the front of it.
Around 1780, Alexander extended the house by adding the North Wing. In 1836, Alexander's grandson, John MacDougall, completed the main house, what is now called Dunollie House. The 1745 portion of the house became the servants' quarters. People still live in the newest portion of the house (Dunollie House), while the older parts (the 1745 House and the Low House) serve as a museum and tourist areas.
|The other side of the house, showing a newer addition.|
The items in the exhibitions throughout the 1745 House are drawn from the collection of the MacDougall Chiefs.
|Items in the kitchen.|
This targe (shield) is one of a pair found in the Dunollie dairy disguised as butter-churn lids. Weapons such as these were outlawed after 1745. The targe is made of oak and leather. It is brass-studded with green cloth on the back. It was made around 1715.
|Detail on the targe.|
The basket-hilt sword or claymore is dated around 1715. The lock plate and key are from Dunollie Castle and dated to the 18th century. They were discovered in the Old Kitchen of the house during the renovation work not long ago.
The object lying in front is a socket candlestick from Dunollie Castle. It is from the 14th century and is made of copper zinc alloy with a residue of gold at the base joint.
This fabric (Jacobean crewel work fern pattern) is part of the bed hangings from the castle. It is the pelmet from around the top of a four poster bed. Made of wool and linen, mid 17th century. The complete set is preserved. The family Bible sits next to it. The pot is a preserving pan brought from the castle when the 1745 House was built.
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|The first MacDougall tartan.|
|Click to enlarge and read more history.|
|Alexander, the MacDougal Chief's timeline. Click to enlarge.|
Great news! My Notorious Highlander won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence!!
Chief Torrin MacLeod vows to possess and wed the spirited lady who stole his heart the previous winter. But Lady Jessie MacKay wants naught to do with the dangerous warrior, no matter how devilishly handsome and charming he is. When Torrin arrives unexpectedly at Jessie's home, along with Gregor MacBain, a man Jessie was formerly handfasted to, she is thrown off-kilter. She never wanted to see either man again, but now they are vying for her hand. Torrin promises to protect her from the devious MacBain, but how can she trust Torrin when she has witnessed how lethal he is?
The more time Torrin spends with the strong and independent Jessie, the more determined he is to win her heart. Once she allows him a kiss, he feels her passion flame as hot as his own. After she knows Torrin better, Jessie finds herself falling for the fearsome Highlander. But the odds are stacked against them. The sinister MacBain is bent on kidnapping Jessie, making her his bride and killing Torrin, while Jessie's conniving younger brother, Haldane, is determined to use Jessie to take over the castle in his older brother's absence. Jessie fears she can never be with the man she loves, while Torrin will do everything in his power to ensure they are together forever. In his heart, she is the only lady for him.