1688 - King James II Stuart was deposed in
Revolution, becoming the last Roman
Catholic monarch of England, Scotland and
He was succeeded to the throne by the
protestant Mary II Stuart and her husband
William of Orange.
This led to a number of Clans in Scotland
wanting the restoration of Catholic Stuart's to
the throne. These Clans were known as Jacobite's.
These Clans included: Athol Highlanders,
Fraser, MacClachlan, MacClean, MacGillivray,
Mackintosh, Macdonald, and McGregor. Some Clans
had men fighting on both sides.
There were also a number of Clans that
remained loyal to the Protestant Monarchs.
These Clan members were formed into
Regiments such as the Argyll Militia, Black
Watch, and Loudon's Highlanders.
1689 - Sir John Campbell, 5th Baronet, was
involved in negotiating with Jacobite rebels to
try and prevent uprisings in the Highlands. As
tensions rose throughout the highlands, Sir
John converted Kilchurn Castle into barracks to
hold up to 200 government troops.
1715 - Sir John changed sides when he joined
the Earl of Mar's First Jacobite
The failure of that Rising led the
pro-government Alexander Campbell of Fonab
taking control of Kilchurn Castle and holding
Sir John under house arrest until his death the
1745 - Kilchurn Castle was used to house
government troops during the Last Jacobite
These Rebellions led to more Government
Barracks being built around the Highlands to
prevent any further wars.
1746 - the Battle of Culloden sees
Jacobite forces defeated by Government troops.
This was the last major battle to take place on
the British mainland.
Many Jacobite's were executed at this time,
with many more forced to emigrate to the
1760 - Kilchurn Castle was damaged by
Lightning and abandoned. The turret of a tower
is still in the courtyard where it landed after
1783 - America won independence from Great
Britain, leading to Jacobite's and other Scots
accused of crimes from that time being
transported to Australia and New Zealand.
1817 - the water level in Loch Awe was
lowered by a drainage project leading to the
Castle now being on a peninsula.
1882 - the head of the Campbell's took up
residence in their large new built Taymouth Castle
48 miles northeast.
Kilchurn Castle is now run by Historic
Environment Scotland as a tourist attraction
open to the public free of charge during the
High water levels at times may prevent
visits by walking out from the car park.