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Knockdow House is an historical property dating back to the 18th century. Built around 1753, this stunning property, which overlooks the Kyles of Bute and Arran, is surrounded by 250 acres of woodland and fields. It is situated in the Cowal peninsula at the heart of Argyll, Scotland, which is a remote, secluded and spectacular location.

Knockdow House isapproached by a single narrow road from Dunoon. The house is spread across three floors, and has many breath-taking rooms including six main reception rooms, three reception rooms, a magnificent drawing room, a TV room, tea room and dining room.

The original Great Hall has since been renovated into a sitting area, but was without doubt used to entertain numerous guests many hundreds of years ago when it was owned by the Lamont Clan, who owned the property for around 600 years.

The History of Clan Lamont

Regarded as one of Scotland’s oldest clans, ClanLamont descended from ÁnrothánUaNéill,an Irish prince of the O’Neill dynasty. Other descendants from Ánrothán include Clan Ewen of Otter, Clan MacNeil of Barra, Clan Lachlan and Clan Sweeney. In accordance with traditional genealogy, Clan Lamont is therefore also a descendant of Conn Cétchathach.

The Lamont Clan ruled over most of the Cowal peninsula of Argyll for many centuries.

For many years, the Lamont Clan and the Campbell clan were vicious rivals. On 3rd June, 1646, the Campbell clansmenattacked the Lamont’s in what is today known as the Dunoon Massacre. They killed around 200 Lamont clansmen, which significantly damaged their standing.

Following the Dunoon Massacre, many Lamonts moved to places like England and the Scottish Lowlands. Others travelled much further afield and today, the Lamonts can be found in places as far reaching as Canada and Australia.

Despite the massacre, the Lamont clan was still able to retain itslands, but was no way near as powerful as it had been previously. For instance, following the Dunoon Massacre they were surrounded by strong Campbell fortresses. This meant that they were unable to travel north for the Jacobite Rising of 1715 and 1745. 

This actually worked in their favour as they were spared the brutal annihilation of the clan system in the Highlands. Despite this sparing, the clan system of Scotland did not last much longer.

Following the Battle of Culloden in 1746, traditional Scottish items such as bagpipes, tartans and clan chiefs were outlawed by the British government. This affected every clan in the Highlands, forcing the Scottish Highlands into a deep state of deterioration and new ways of living. 

The Lamont Clan has had some tumultuous history, but fortunately Knockdow House is still standing! This is such an impressive and well-preserved building with so much history.