Entrance Arch at Fort William Cemetery.

Entrance Arch at Fort William Cemetery.

This evening, I am posting information on the former British military fort at Fort William, Scotland. A chronological summary is as follows:

  • A timber fort was established by General Monk in 1654 at the northern end of Loch Linnhe to accommodate 250 troops for purpose of controlling the Highland Clans.
  • In 1690 the fort was re-built in stone and featured 20ft high walls with 15 guns (cannon) and accommodation for 1000 men. At this stage the name was changed fr0m the ‘Fort of Inverlochy’ to Fort William, after the current King.
  • In 1692 the papers authorising the infamous massacre at Glencoe were signed at the Fort.
  • Between March 14th and April 3rd the Fort withstood a siege by a Jacobite force.
  • The Fort continued as a military garrison until 1855.
  • Fort sold to a civilian in 1864 and then acquired by the Railway in 1889.
  • Railway opened in 1894 with route passing through old Fort.
  • Most of the remainder of the Fort was removed when the Railway Station was located to its current position in 1975.

The video clip below shows the remains of the fort. The former entrance arch can be found a short walk away at entrance to local cemetery where it was re-erected in 1816. The plaque attached to this arch reads “This arch was erected in 1690 over the main entrance to the Fort. Re-erected 1816 where Sir Allan Cameron of Erracht, in 1793, raised the 79th or Cameron Highlanders, a regiment which distinguished itself on many a hard fought field for King and Country.”

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