Rossdhu Castle, Argyle and Bute
Loch Lomond Golf Course, Luss
Rossdhu Castle is located on the exclusive Loch Lomond golf course, near the mansion and club house. There is a public right of way from the gated access road, where there is limited parking and a pathway to the side gate that leads into the grounds. Please do take care and keep to the path as this is a busy golf course.
The name Rossdhu means black or dark headland. To the north of the castle ruin can be found St Mary's chapel, rebuilt when the tower was erected, replacing an earlier 12th century building. It is the final resting place of several Colquhoun clan chief's.
Angered by the King's commission against him and determined to enact revenge, Alasdair MacGregor of Glenstrae at the head of 400 men armed with “hagbuts, pistols, murrions, mailcoats, axes, two-handed swords and darlochs”.
On 7 February, they enter the head of Glen Fruin overlooking Colquhoun’s most arable farmland. On hearing of the threat approaching Alexander Colquhoun summons his retainers and men from Dumbartonshire – a force of around 300 horse and 500 foot – and heads out to meet them.
MacGregor splits his force sending his brother John Dubh to Strone Farm to be in a position to cut off Colquhoun’s retreat down Glen Fruin while he takes up position in a narrow defile in Auchengeich Glen ready to meet the expected attack.
As Colquhoun’s men move on MacGregors position they find themselves struggling across a bog, with the horsemen at a severe disadvantage. MacGregor launches a charge downhill and in the bloody melee rout Colquhoun’s force, with over eighty Colquhoun's slain. Alexander Colquhoun flees the battle and makes for the refuge of Bannachra Castle at the foot of the glen.
On hearing of the battle, a furious King James VI gives orders “That unhappie and detestable race” be ‘extirpat and ruttit out”.
On 3 April, an Act of the Scottish Privy Council proscribes the use of the name MacGregor, or Gregor, and also prohibited those who had borne the name from carrying arms.
1604 ~ Alasdair Macgregor of Glenstrae is apprehended and after a trial is executed in Edinburgh.