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The Glen has a rich pre, early, and modern natural and social history. It has been visited, lived in, and owned by influential political figures and families such as King Malcolm IV, the MacGilliechattans, the MacKintosh, and Clan Cameron of Loch eil; as well as a famous Shakespearean called Banquo. The Glen has also witnessed some bloody Scottish battles such as the Jacobite Rebellion.


In the fields between Strone and the River Loy you can find some mounds of rock which may have been burial cairns of the Neolithic to late Bronze Age period (6000-2500BP). Vikings settlements close to sea routes of Loch Eil have been traced in the area dated back to the first millennium. By the 12th Century the land fell into the ownership of the Feudal lords and it was at this time that the first record of Glen Loy was made. In 1160 the land was passed on to the MacGilliechattans by King Malcolm IV. At this time, Tor Castle and Muirshearlich were included in the Glenloy Estate. Following the long list of well known figures inhabiting the Glen, Banquo, of Shakespearean fame lived in the Glen. In 1291, the Glen was passed on to the MacKintosh clan. The MacKintosh were given the heritable stewardship of Lochaber from the Lords of the Isles in 1447. Source: “Glen Loy Where the Eagles Fly” by Jon and Angela Mercer at Glen Loy Wildlife


The Camerons began to dispute ownership of the land with the MacKintosh clan. For the next 300 hundred years, the dispute continued. The area soon became known as the disputed lands. The issue was resolved in 1665 as the Camerons and the MacKintosh lined up for battle in the Glen at river Arkaig. A treaty was signed whereby the land was sold to the Camerons. It is possible that during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie marched his troops through Fassifern, down Glenloy, and passed Erracht. Source: “Glen Loy Where the Eagles Fly” by Jon and Angela Mercer at Glen Loy Wildlife