Defensive Motte established across the water at Bonawe - Dun mor Motte -, There is a memorial to a Campbell on the top. What was the necessity that caused this defensive structure to be established and maintained .. what were they protecting themselves against ?

1230 Ardchattan Priory built by the MacDougalls for the Valliscaulian Order. It was also a sanctuary and retreat. Baile Mhaodain Kirk already existed at this time, with an ancient shrine and a holy well (Tobar Baodan or Baodan’s well)
This Priory was one of only 3 Valliscaulian establishments outside France.
The Prior was usually a MacDougall, latterly Campbells but little is known of the life of the monks.

1308/9 - King Robert the Bruce held the last "Parliament" for the gaelic speaking clan leaders at Ardchattan1

24 June 1314 - Robert the Bruce defeated King Edward II - Battle of Bannockburn

around 1315 - The MacDougall lands of Benderloch were given to the Campbells - how the area was split up between the various septs of the clan, at this time and then afterwards, have yet to learn ..

1329 - Robert the Bruce died

1332–1357 : The Second War of Scottish Independence, also known as the Anglo-Scottish War of Succession was the second cluster of a series of military campaigns fought between the independent Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

1332 : 12 August : Battle of Dupplin Moor, Perthshire. A massive defeat for the Scots. Fought between supporters of the infant David II, the son of Robert the Bruce, and rebels supporting the Balliol claim in 1332. It was a significant battle of the Second War of Scottish Independence were any Ardchattan men involved in these battles, how do we find out?

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