Asgog Loch

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Asgog Loch
A lake with trees surrounding it
Asgog Castle and Loch.
Asgog Loch is located in Argyll and Bute
Asgog Loch
Asgog Loch
LocationArgyll and Bute, Scotland.
Coordinates55°53′03″N 5°16′57″W / 55.884162°N 5.2824952°W / 55.884162; -5.2824952Coordinates: 55°53′03″N 5°16′57″W / 55.884162°N 5.2824952°W / 55.884162; -5.2824952, grid reference NR94807054
TypeFreshwater Loch and Reservoir.
Basin countriesScotland, United Kingdom.
Max. length2,285 feet (696 m)
Max. width1,235 feet (376 m)
Surface area250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft)[1]
Water volume450,000 m3 (360 acre⋅ft)[1]

Asgog Loch is a natural freshwater loch in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southwest of Tighnabruaich, on the Cowal peninsula. The loch was dammed during the 19th century to create an impounding reservoir for the supply of freshwater to the Low Mills of the nearby gunpowder mills at Millhouse (the Kames Powder Works).[2]

The remains of three crannogs, or artificial islands, have been observed within the loch on occasions when the water level has been lowered.[3][4]

Asgog Castle, situated on the northwest shore of the loch, was once the home of a cadet branch of Clan Lamont. It was first recorded in 1581, but may be mid-15th-century in date. In 1646, the castle was besieged and eventually destroyed by Clan Campbell, during the conflict now known as the Dunoon massacre. Only three walls of the keep are now standing; of the courtyard, there are no identifiable remains.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "Argyll and Bute Council Reservoirs Act 1975 Public Register"
  2. ^ Argyll: An Inventory of the Monuments: Volume 7: Mid Argyll & Cowal. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 1992. p. 494. ISBN 0-11-494094-0.
  3. ^ RCAHMS, pp. 23, 538 (n. 65)
  4. ^ Munro, Robert (1892–93). "Notes of Crannogs or Lake Dwellings recently discovered in Argyllshire". Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 27: 210–211.
  5. ^ RCAHMS, p. 212–213
  6. ^ Coventry, Martin (1997). The Castles of Scotland (2nd ed.). Goblinshead. p. 58. ISBN 1-899874-10-0.

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