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Kildonan Castle

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Kildonan Castle, an old square tower at the south-eastern extremity of Arran island, Buteshire, on a precipitous sea-cliff nearly opposite Pladden island, and 10¼ miles S of Lamlash. Occupying the site of a Dalriadan fortalice, it was originally the residence of a branch of the Clan Macdonald, but it seems to have served mainly as one of a line of watch-towers, extending along the coast of the Firth of Clyde. A largish plain lies around the cliff on which it stands, and is called Kildonan Plain; and here are a post office, a mansion, and a stone circle.—Ord. Sur., sh. 13, 1870.

Kildonan, an estate, with a mansion, in Colmonell parish, Ayrshire, ¾ mile NW of Barrhill station. It belongs to the Episcopal Fund Trustees.

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