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Argyll and Bute

A location on south bank of the Fruin Water in E Argyll & Bute, Bannachra lies a mile 9.5 km) west of Arden and 3 miles (5 km) east northeast of Helensburgh. There is a ruined 16th-century tower house here, next to Bannachra Woods. Bannachra Muir lies on the northern slopes of Ben Bowie, to the south and is now occupied by commercial coniferous forest. The Colquhoun family who lived at Bannachra Castle were routed in a battle nearby by the MacGregors in 1602, a MacGregor having murdered the head of the family some years before. As a result, the MacGregors were punished by King James VI and their chief was executed.

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