NS3974 : Dumbarton Castle: western curtain wall

taken 12 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Dumbarton Castle: western curtain wall
Dumbarton Castle: western curtain wall
[This is one of a linked series of articles about Dumbarton Rock. See the end of Link for a list of the reference works that are cited here in abbreviated form.]

This photo shows a stretch of the western defensive wall; right of centre, a cannon marks the location of the Spanish Battery, which was built in about 1735 as part of a general strengthening of the castle's southern and western defences, prompted by fears of a Jacobite invasion [MacPhail, 144]; see also NS4074 : Dumbarton Rock: King George's Battery.

(For a view along the wall in the opposite direction, see NS3974 : Dumbarton Castle: western curtain wall.)

The battery was strengthened in about 1790 to take heavier guns [OSG07, p5]; compare: Link

In the background, on the right, is the wide mouth of the River Leven as it flows into the Clyde. The foreshore area of Levengrove Park can be seen behind it.

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The Rock is a volcanic plug, and it has a long history as a fortified site. For further information, see the Geograph article "Dumbarton Rock and Castle": Link

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Date Taken
Friday, 26 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 2 July, 2009
Geographical Context
Defence, Military  Derelict, Disused  Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Dumbarton Rock 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3991 7443 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.1713N 4:33.8680W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3994 7441
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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