Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NM 74893 35325
174893, 735325


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 Special 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.



OSA NSA TSA Groome. Argyll C C 'List" C & D Arch III, pp.46-51 (plan,

ills). J P Maclean, 'Renaissance of Clan Maclean' 1913 (ills). RCAHMS Vol 3 No 339.

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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