Castle Cluggy, Scotland
Castle Cluggy, the original home of the lairds of Ochtertyre, lies on the north side of the Loch Monzievaird. It is situated on a little peninsula (which once was an island) called the “Dry Isle.” The castle may have been built as early as the 12th century sometime after the Battle of Monzievaird in 1005. This battle was fought between Malcolm II and the usurper to the throne Kenneth IV (the Grim), who was slain there.
The fortress was referred to as ‘ancient’ in a charter of 1467. It belonged to Red Comyn, who was killed in 1306 by Robert the Bruce in the convent of the Minorites (Greyfriars Kirk) at Dumfries. The castle eventually came into the posession of Sir William Murray, 1st Baronet of Ochtertyre, who last inhabited the castle in the 17th century.
About 80 yards to the west of the ruin is a small artificial island that served as a prison. At the west end of the loch is a large mound where plague victims were buried in the reign of Charles I.