his Scottish castle stands on the banks of Loch Ness in the Great Glen. The land was granted to the Durward family by the Scottish King Alexander II and a fine Norman-style castle was built on the shores of the loch. The castle passed from the Durward family to the Comyns. Urquhart was captured by Edward I during the Wars of Independence in 1296 and the defences were improved, but by 1298 the Scots had regained control of the castle. King Edward retook the castle in 1303. In 1509 King James IV of Scotland granted the castle to John Grant of Freuchie instructing him to make improvements to the castle and its interior so that it could be used as a safe haven for the local inhabitants against robbers. The castle fell into disrepair in the eighteenth century and its stone was taken to be used in local buildings.
Urquhart Castle was given as a gift to the Grant family by King James IV of Scotland with the understanding that extensive building work was to be carried out. This included the construction of a new tower and supporting buildings so that the surrounding lands could be better protected.
After the death of James IV at Flodden, Sir Donald Macdonald of Lochalsh, took the castle and over the following three years robbed it and the surrounding lands of all of its assets.
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Selection of references used:
1. Susan Ross, The Castles of Scotland, ISBN:0-85097-184-5