Gartartan Castle, Perthshire
Grounds of Gartmore House
Gartartan Castle, stands about half a mile back on the right bank of the River Forth and a similar distance below the bridge over the river, near Gartmore railway station within the grounds of Gartmore House. Covered with ivy, this forgotten ruin built by the MacFarlane's is a near exact model of their castle Inveruglas. It is in a very much better state of preservation than Inveruglas Castle located on the small island on Loch Lomand, albeit in a far less picturesque location.
They take the islands of Bute and Arran, defeat the Earl of Argyll, and burn down the castles of Rothesay and Dunoon. However when they attempt to take Dumbarton Castle they are defeated. As a result, Walter forfeits his estate for his part in that raid
" to Archibald Earl of Argyle, of all goods which pertained to Walter MacFarlane of Ardlesc, Andro McFarlane his son and heir & a John Bain McAllane in Carronclaid, Dougall MGregour son there, Duncan M Cowlekerr, McGregor, Robert Roy M'Gregour, his man George Mcjok alias MGregour in Cragcrostan and many others at the horn for being art and part in the tressonable cuming to the townend of Dumbertane in the month of July bypast and crewall slauchter of fifty personis, servantis to my lord Governour and Lordis, being with him in company and for the reiffing steling and thiftuous awaytaking of four scoir 80 of hors at the samyn tyme apertening to my Lord Governour and Lordis foresaidis. and for sorning, reiff and oppressioun done be thame upoun the inhabitants of the Levenax and utheris pairtis thairabout and for thair tressonable being in company with the auld inymies of Ingland, in burning of divers pairties of Hir Graces realme and specialie of the town of Dunune, or be quhatsumevir manner of way sail happin or may pertene to his Hienes ".
Walter is later restored to all of his properties within a few months.
The raids continue, this time the MacFarlane's are helping the MacGregor's against the Culquhoun's.
The Culquhoun's being more knowledgeable of courts and public relations, successfully put their complaints against the MacGregor's and MacFarlane's. The MacGregor's are proscribed and the MacFarlane's later outlawed.
1610 ~ King James VI, who is now also James I of England, decides to solve the problem of Ireland by subdividing the Province of Ulster into lots and sending colonists from Scotland and England to live on and work the land. The Plantation of Ulster formally begins with Scots encouraged to move to Ireland. This begins the MacFarlane presence in Ireland in County Tyrone, “the first settlement of the MacFarlanes of Ulster, from whom so many American members of the clan are descended.”
1612 ~ The son of Andrew, John, becomes the 15th Chief. The feuds and fighting continue and many of the clan are convicted of theft and robbery and removed to other territories in Scotland.
1679 ~The MacFarlane's fight for the Duke of Monmouth, King Charles II’s illegitimate son, in his bid for the throne at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge. It is, however, unsuccessful.
1689 ~ John MacFarlane sides with the takeover of the English throne by William & Mary, Protestants, instead of the deposed Catholic James II. John is appointed Colonel of a regiment of footsoldiers and is the last of the chiefs engaged in war.This places the MacFarlane's on the opposing side to the Jacobite MacGregor's.
1700's ~ During the Jacobite uprisings, the MacFarlane's obstain from leading any men into battle.
Following the building of Gartmore house, Gartartan Castle is allowed to fall into disrepair.