Perthshire Scotland > Castles > Loch Earn Castle

On an island in Loch Earn just off St Fillans.

Now totally ruined but once a stronghold of the MacNeishes from 1250 until mid 15thC.

As the power of the MacNeishes diminished they were reduced to plundering the surrounding countryside and then retreating to their island fortress. In 1612 they attacked MacNabs whose lands lay to the north. 

The MacNabs decided to end this lawlessness by a daring attack involving carrying a boat over the mountains in order to attack in complete surprise. They stormed the castle and killed the chief of the MacNeishes and most of his clan.

The MacNab crest has a depiction of the dead MacNeish chief's head.

The Stewarts of Ardvorlich used Loch Earn Castle for some time after the demise of the MacNeishes.

 

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