The Info List - Dingwall Castle

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Castle was a medieval fort and royal castle in the town of Dingwall, eastern Ross-shire, Scotland. The castle is believed to have been established by Norse settlers in the area in the 11th century.[1]


1 Wars of Scottish Independence 2 Murder in the Castle 3 Duel 4 Lord of the Isles occupation 5 16th century 6 Downfall 7 Tunnel 8 References 9 External links

Wars of Scottish Independence[edit] During the Wars of Scottish Independence
Wars of Scottish Independence
the castle was garrisoned by the forces of king Edward I of England. However it was later captured by Scottish forces for king Robert I of Scotland
(Robert the Bruce) led by Uilleam II, Earl of Ross.[1] From the castle, the Earl of Ross (chief of Clan Ross) led the men of Ross to fight against the English at the Battle of Bannockburn
Battle of Bannockburn
in 1314. As a reward in 1321 King Robert granted Dingwall
Castle with the town and lands of Dingwall
to the Earl of Ross.[1] Murder in the Castle[edit]

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Clan Mackay- Clan Sutherland
Clan Sutherland

Feuds between the Mackays and the de Moravia/Sutherland Earls of Sutherland:

Castle Drumnacoub

Feuds between the Mackays and the Gordon Earls of Sutherland:

Torran Dubh Alltachuilain Alltan-Beath Borve Castle Garbharry Torran-Roy Clynetradwell

Feuds between the Mackays and cadet branches of the de Moravia/Sutherland Earls of Sutherland:

Apprehension of Sutherland of Dirlot Feud with Sutherland of Duffus

These broken walls are the only remaining ruins of the original Dingwall

In 1370 a feud arose between William de Moravia, 5th Earl of Sutherland (chief of Clan Sutherland) and Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver (chief of Clan Mackay). A meeting was arranged for them to meet at Dingwall
Castle to resolve their issues.[2] However, Iye Mackay and his son Donald Mackay were both murdered in the castle while they were asleep by Nicholas Sutherland, brother of the Earl of Sutherland.[2] See page: Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver
Iye Mackay, 4th of Strathnaver
for a detailed explanation of the feud. Duel[edit] Sometime at the beginning of the 15th century a duel is said to have taken place between the governor of the castle, who had been appointed by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany
Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany
and Thomas Munro, brother of Hugh Munro, 9th Baron of Foulis (chief of Clan Munro). The two met at the village of Maryburgh
and after an argument dirks were pulled and a duel took place in which Thomas Munro killed the governor of Dingwall Castle.[3] The Scottish Castles Association states that the new governor of the castle was "assassinated" by one of the Munroes and replaced by a Mackay.[4] Lord of the Isles occupation[edit] In 1411 Domhnall of Islay, Lord of the Isles
Domhnall of Islay, Lord of the Isles
(chief of Clan Donald) captured Dingwall
Castle as part of his attempt to seize the title of the Earldom of Ross.[5] This took place shortly before the Battle of Harlaw. In 1438 the next successive Clan Donald
Clan Donald
chief, Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross was officially recognised as the Earl of Ross and took up his residence at Dingwall
Castle. His son, John of Islay, Earl of Ross was not as successful; the Earldom of Ross was confiscated from him and the castle became a royal possession once more in 1475.[1] John Munro, 11th Baron of Foulis was then made governor of the castle, who in turn was succeeded by Andrew Munro, 2nd of Milntown.[4] The next governor in 1488 was Sir James Dunbar.[4] 16th century[edit] In 1507 Andrew Stewart, Bishop of Caithness
Bishop of Caithness
carried out improvements after the castle had been assaulted by the MacDonalds and Mackenzies.[4] Later governors were John Stewart, 2nd Earl of Atholl (1516 - 1522), John Earl of Moray - brother of king James V of Scotland, David Sinclair - until 1550, George Munro, 4th of Milntown also known as "of Docharty" in 1561, Sir Andrew Keith (Lord Dingwall) in 1584, Sir John Preston Earl of Desmond
Earl of Desmond
in 1605.[4] Downfall[edit] The Crown abandoned Dingwall
Castle in about 1600 and it eventually fell into a ruin. The castle ceased to be maintained after the death of king James VI of Scotland
in 1625.[4] It was used as a quarry until 1817 when it was finally levelled and only a few fragments remain.[1] The remains are protected as a scheduled monument. [6] Tunnel[edit] A tunnel still exists that runs from the site of Dingwall
Castle to the basement of nearby Tulloch Castle. The tunnel has now collapsed, but it is possible to view this passageway through an air vent on the front lawn of Tulloch Castle's grounds. References[edit]

^ a b c d e David MacDonald. "A Bríef History of Dingwall". Dingwall Website. Retrieved 15 November 2010.  ^ a b History of the House and Clan of Mackay by Robert Mackay (1829), p.47: Quoting A Genealogical History of the Earldom of Sutherland by Sir Robert Gordon (1580–1656). ^ Mackenzie, Alexander. (1898). History of the Munros of Fowlis p. 12. ^ a b c d e f Scottish Castles Association. " Dingwall
Castle at the Association for Scottish Castles". www.scottishcastlesassociation.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2012.  ^ Anderson, William (1862), The Scottish nation: or, The surnames, families, literature, honours, and biographical history of the people of Scotland, Fullarton, p. 37-8. ^ " Dingwall
Castle, 20m SW of The Castle House SM9678". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: Record for Dingwall

Coordinates: 57°35′52″N 4°25′19″W / 57.59770°N 4.42195°W /