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Carnassarie Castle


(Carnasserie 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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Carnassary, a ruined castellated mansion in Kilmartin parish, Argyllshire, on an eminence at the head of Kilmartin valley. It was the residence of John Carsewell, rector of Kilmartin, and Bishop of the Isles from 1566 to 1572, who published in 1567 the first book printed in Gaelic, a translation of Knox's liturgy; afterwards it became the property and the occasional residence of the Campbells of Auchinbreck.

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