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"Autumn at Eilean Donan" by peaky40

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Eilean Donan castle was founded in the 13th century, but was destroyed in the 18th century. The present buildings are the result of 20th century reconstruction. Following the failure of the Jacobite rising of 1715, the Jacobites, supporters of the exiled James Stuart, the “Old Pretender”, sought new support from Spain. An advance party of 300 Spanish soldiers arrived in Loch Duich in April 1719, and occupied Eilean Donan Castle. The expected uprising of Highlanders did not occur, and the main Spanish invasion force never arrived.

At the beginning of May, the Royal Navy sent ships to the area. Early in the morning on Sunday 10 May, HMS Worcester, HMS Flamborough, and HMS Enterprise, anchored off Eilean Donan, and sent a boat ashore under a flag of truce to negotiate. When the Spanish soldiers in the castle fired at the boat, it was recalled and all three ships opened fire on the castle for an hour or more. The next day the bombardment continued while a landing party was prepared. In the evening, under the cover of an intense cannonade, the ships’ boats went ashore and captured the castle against little resistance. According to HMS Worcester’s log, in the castle they found “an Irishman, a captain, a Spanish lieutenant, a sergeant, one Scots rebel and 39 Spanish soldiers, 343 barrels of powder and 52 barrels of musquet shot”. The naval force spent the next two days demolishing the castle (it took 27 barrels of gunpowder). The Spanish prisoners were put on board HMS Flamborough and taken to Edinburgh. The remaining Spanish troops were defeated on 10 June at the Battle of Glen Shiel.

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  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenabout 3 years ago

    Great shot mate

  • Thank you very much Jamie for the great comment! Roy

    – peaky40

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    What a great shot !..such interesting history too Roy ..Love it !

  • Thank you very much Gail for the great comment and fav! Roy

    – peaky40

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    What an interesting place and great story! You have captured the mood of the place so well with the brooding sky and dismal light. Love it!

  • Thank you very much Angie for the great comment and fav! Roy

    – peaky40

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 3 years ago

    WOW Roy~ Awesome!

  • Thank you very much Cheryl for the great comment and fav! Roy

    – peaky40

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 3 years ago

    Great image and story Roy.

  • Thank you very much Tony for the great comment and fav! Roy

    – peaky40

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 3 years ago

    wonderful castle..great shot!

  • Thank you very much Lisa for the great comment! Roy

    – peaky40

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonabout 3 years ago

    Great pov!! I love the tones in this and your composition is wonderful !

  • Thank you very much Kristi for the great comment and fav! I love the history that goes with these old castles bet they were scary places in there hayday!! Roy

    – peaky40

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Anna for the great comment and fav! Roy

    – peaky40

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenabout 3 years ago

    This is one of your very best – the tonal range is AMAZING….it looks fantastic in large ! Wonderful work, Roy, love it !!!! x

  • Thank you very much Ulla, for the great comment and fav! Glad you like it! Enjoy your day!! Cheers!

    – peaky40

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture…it even looks like a painting of the era!

  • Thank you very much Kathilee for the great comment and fav! Glad you like it! Have a great day! Roy

    – peaky40

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