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Dumbarton Castle

August 5, 1997
Near Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire
Map Reference: NS 400 745
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[Argyll Region]

Dumbarton sits on the twin peaks of White Tower Crag and The Beak where the River Clyde meets River Leven. There are fortifications all around the peaks to provide 360 degree protection. Dumbarton has been called by many names.

Dumbarton Castle: Roman archway The earliest mention of this fortress was 450 AD. The oldest structure in the complex is this archway leading to the peaks. It was constructed in the 14th century. Several defensive structures (ie castle) were built but did not survive through the years.

In 1770, a prison was built to hold French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars. It was placed on White Tower Crag and a power magazine was built atop The Beak.

This is a view of the governor's mansion built 1735 from the top of White Tower Crag.

Dumbarton Castle: Governors mansion