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Dearg, Eilean

A rocky islet in Loch Riddon (Argyll and Bute), Eilean Dearg is located 2¼ miles (3.5 km) northwest of Colintraive. Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll (1629-85), made a fortification on this island the base for the insurrection he led in 1685. However, his ships were easily confined in the loch by the Royal Navy and the rebellion came to a disastrous end. The castle was blown up by Government troops shortly thereafter.


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