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Eilean Donan Castle

The McRaes became constables, or keepers, of a McKenzie castle called Eilean Donan ('Isle of St. Donan'), located on Loch Duich. The first such constable was Christopher, appointed in 1511. There are many stirring tales about the clan's defence of the castle, their rallying point for centuries. The castle was built about 1230 by a chieftain named Alexander II on the ruins of an earlier Pictish fort, and served as a strong defence against Norse and Danish marauders as well as against other clans. Partly because of the work of the clan in defending it, they were granted land at Inverinate in 1557 which they retained for two centuries.

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In 1719 the English blew up the castle using gunpowder because it was being used as a staging point for landing Spanish troops and supplies during the Jacobite Rebellion. The castle remained a picturesque ruin for two hundred years until it was bought in 1913 by Lt. Colonel John McRae-Gilstrap, who with the help of Farquhar McRae of Avernish, began the work of restoration. It was finally completed in 1932 and opened to the public.

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