An Evening at the Castle

The Friends of the Argyll Papers invite you to join us for an Evening at the Castle on Friday 30 September 2016 at 5.00pm for a tour, refreshments and to hear a talk on the Argyll Papers ‘From the Union of the Crowns in 1603 up to the succession of the 4th Duke in 1761’ by Professor Allan Macinnes, one of the leading experts on the history of the Highlands and Argyll.

The Argyll Papers are the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, earls and dukes of Argyll. The family rose to prominence in the 14th century and enjoyed close relations with the Scottish royal family and other noble families. As a result they acquired positions of power and responsibility and grants of land – the family became the major landowner in Argyll, owning the lands of Inveraray, Rosneath, Kintyre, Tiree, Mull, Iona, Morvern, Lismore and Scammadale as well as other parts of Appin, and lands and houses elsewhere, including Castle Campbell (Clackmannanshire), Stirling, Edinburgh and London. The papers reflect family members’ political, military and business interests as well as their personal lives. The estate papers tell the story of what they owned and how they managed it, and include lots of information about the people, places and rural industries of Argyll.

The Friends of the Argyll Papers has been established to support the development of the collection and to promote its use and enjoyment by a wide audience, and membership is open to anyone, near or far.

Tickets cost £15 for Friends and £20 for all others, are available from Eventbrite by clicking here or from the archives (Tel. 01499 302698, Email. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and must be purchased before 23 September.

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