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Urquhart Castle

Past Work

Client:- Historic Scotland

Project:-  Urquhart Castle on the shore of Loch Ness.
A series of vignettes depicting the key roles within the castle from the stable boy to the constable.

Note: These illustrations were highly commended by Mark Andrews, director of the Disney Pixar production “Brave”!

Urquhart Castle a ruin, sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.

The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification. Founded in the 13th century, Urquhart played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. It was subsequently held as a royal castle, and was raided on several occasions by the MacDonald Earls of Ross. The castle was granted to the Clan Grant in 1509, though conflict with the MacDonalds continued. Despite a series of further raids the castle was strengthened, only to be largely abandoned by the middle of the 17th century. Urquhart was partially destroyed in 1692 to prevent its use by Jacobite forces, and subsequently decayed.