This morning, I collected a small group on arrival at Glasgow International Airport and then drove for about 40 minutes to the Loch Lomond Arms at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond where we availed of a light breakfast. By chance, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, Clan Chief was on site hosting a classic car rally and made contact with the guests.021

Next, we walked round to Luss Church where we given a private presentation on the historic site by a Church Elder.

Next we availed of a 1 hour boat trip which covered the southern section on Loch Lomond. Our principal objective was to obtain a view of the Clan Seat of Rossdhu Mansion, which is not accessible to the public from the shore.

Next, we drove back towards Glasgow calling first for a  photo opportunity at the impressive entrance gates to Rossdhu Mansion.


Next, we drove on to Dumbarton Rock. This site is important to Colquhouns because Sir John Colquhoun of Luss held the Governorship of Dumbarton Castle for a spell in the 15th century. We did not actually visit the castle but availed of impressive views of the Firth of Clyde at high tide.

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Next, we moved on to Glasgow where we paid a brief visit to Glasgow’s famous Necropolis before finishing the tour at guests’ hotel in city centre.


Origin of name Colqhoun

At least 50 variations including Cahun, Calhoun, Colquohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Colqueran, Colhoun and Cowan,

Names is territorial in origin and covers and area to north of Kilpatrick Hills in Dunbartonshire.

Name has Gaelic origins and means either ‘narrow corner’ or narrow woodland’.

The name Colquhoun dates from 1246 when Humphrey de Kilpatrick of Dunglas Castle assumed the name, which was continued by his son, Ingram.

In about 1368 Sir Robert Colquhoun married the heiress of Luss since when the clan has been designated ‘of Luss’.

Rossdhu House is the clan seat.

In 1603 the clan fought with Clan MacGregor at Battle of Glen Fruin, Strone, Loch Lomond which the Colquhouns lost.

Famous Colquhouns include John Caldwell Calhoun ( 1782-1850) who was U.S. Vice President and a Lt. Jimmy Calhoun of the 7th U.S. Cavalry who fell at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Clan Chieftain

The clan is headed by Sir Malcolm Colquhoun the 9th Baronet of Luss, one of Scotland’s wealthiest aristocrats who owns 40,000 acres including the area of Luss.

Sir Malcom’s Luss Estates has announced a strategy to reinvigorate Luss by encouraging young families to move in and complement the ageing population. Luss receives about 750,000 visitors (tourists each year).

Rossdhu Mansion

Completed in 1773 for Sir James Colquhoun. The medieval Rossdhu Castle was completed in 1457 for Sir John Colquhoun. The castle was ruined in a fire post 1773 and the remains can be seen behind the 18th green of the golf course. The mansion is now the clubhouse for the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club.


Luss Parish Church

Present church dates from 1875 but site has been used for Christian worship for about 1500 years. Associated with the 5th century AD Irish missionary Kessog to whom the current church is dedicated.

Over the long period of time worship has changed from Celtic to Roman Catholic to Protestant. Currently Presbyterian ( Church of Scotland).

Features of the church:

  • Hammer-beam roof in style of up-turned boat to commemorate drowning of Sir James Colquhoun and his men in 1873.
  • Laird’s Loft: Formerly preserve of the Colquhouns of Luss.
  • Hatchments: Diamond shape panels on walls of Laird’s Loft. These show heraldic arms of the Colquhoun family, Si je puis- “If I can”.
  • Effigy of Saint Kessog. 15th century representation.
  • Stone head in east window, possibly a early image of Kessog.
  • Ancient stone font of sandstone. Possibly 1000 years old.
  • ‘Hog-back’ Viking era burial marker can be viewed outside.

Luss Church


Presentation at Luss Church.


Kessog’s Effigy




Hammer Beam Roof in shape of upturned boat.


Firth of Clyde from Dumbarton


Glasgow Necropolis


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