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Dunollie our clanseat for many centuries has a fascinating history that has included Oban and the domestic life of our Chiefs.
People have lived at Dunollie for more than 2,000 years. For 900 of these years the Castle and House have been occupied by the Chiefs of the Clan MacDougall, but before that Dunollie was the home of the Kings of Dalriada and Iron Age settlers.
Dunollie became the seat of the Clan MacDougall when Somerled, Lord of the Isles, gave it to his eldest son Dougall in the 12th century, who became the first Chief of one of the most ancient clans in Scotland. The first five Chiefs presided over the golden age of the Clan MacDougall, building eight castles around their large territories on the Argyll mainland and islands. In 1745 the MacDougalls moved out of the Castle and into the Dunollie House.
The Chiefs in the last century have lived quietly at Dunollie, but before that they went out and engaged fully with the fashions and politics of the day, and travelled to all corners of the world. Great stories; great Chiefs, but also a close knit family, which comes through from the thousands of letters which survive in the Dunollie Archive.