Colintraive’s Heritage Booklet

The Impact of the Argyll Rebellion on the Colintraive Area

Both rebel and government armies had marched through Cowal during the rebellion causing the devastation that armies inevitably leave in their wake. In the spring of 1686, the major landowners petitioned the Privy Council for some remission of taxation as

‘The countrey was dispeopled of men, first the late Earle of Argyll and then the King’s forces, and then everie bodie at plesure, pillaged and robbed and neither one farthing of their owne rents not publict dues could be gotten in this conditione.’

McKechnie, H. (1938)
Figure 8: – Eilean Dearg
now known as Eilean Grieg
(Source:-photographer at Colintraive Heritage Centre)