Chartered in 1390, Duart Castle is the ancestral seat of the Clan Maclean. As the oldest inhabited castle on the Isle of Mull, it has undergone several additions and renovations over the more than 600 years it has stood guard over the Sound of Mull.
Due to the shifting political landscape and dynamic of the Western Highlands, particularly durring the early part of the reighn of James I, Duart Castle was forfeited to the Campbells but re-acquired in the 19th century. Despite this lapse, for more than half a millenia, Duart Castle has been home to the Clan Maclean.
Today, Duart Castle is the home of Sir Lachlan Maclean, Bt, CVO, DL, 28th Chief of the Clan Maclean. Although the Duart Castle is his private residence, he has taken great care to preserve it, and make it accessable to the Clan it once protected and represents. Duart Castle is the site of the bi-annual international gathering of the Clan Maclean.
The poem, "The Flag on Duard Castle" from Lachlan MacLean's "Native Steam-Boat Companion." Of it he says it was "composed by a clergyman adjacent, a few years ago, on the occasion of the flag of Duart Castle being given to the wind, to summon the surrounding peasantry to chapel or church on Sabbath."
THE FLAG ON DUARD CASTLE