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Forthcoming events

Date: Fri 20 March 2020
Location: Nicol Hall, Inveraray

Our annual meeting 2020 will be held on Fri 20 March 2020 in the Nicol Hall, Inveraray. The (short) business meeting will include an update on the work of the archives and will be followed by a guest speaker (tbc). We will adjourn afterwards for lunch in The George Hotel.

Keep the date free!


Date: Fri 4 October 2019
Location: Kintyre

For our third annual visit, we are heading to Kintyre to visit Torrisdale distillery and castle, Carradale for lunch at the Glen Restaurant and a talk from Christine Ritchie, local historian and a visit to the Carradale Network Centre, and finally to Skipness castle and chapel. More detailed arrangements are below.

To book your place, please download and complete Booking_Form and return to We need to pre-order lunch at the Glen Restaurant – please check the menu for the options available.

11.00am               Torrisdale: arrive at the distillery visitor area/shop.  There is ample parking and coffee/tea.  The distillery is signed from the B842 road at the gates to the estate. We will have a tour of the distillery and then walk/drive the ¼ mile to the Castle.

Cost: Tours, tea and coffee £7.50 per person.

Torrisdale Castle was designed by James Gillespie Graham for General Keith Macalister, son of Ranald Macalister of Glenbarr. Building started in 1815. The castle was extended to the north and the south in 1903 and 1908 to form the present building. Now the estate provides holiday accomodation and is home to Kintyre’s first gin distillery.  Further information is available at

1.00pm                 Glen Restaurant, Carradale:  Lunch needs to be pre-ordered. Please see attached menu and let me have your menu choices.

Cost: Friends and their guests will settle up for their own food and drinks

2.00pm                 A talk by Christine Ritchie: “She writes books”: Naomi Mitchison’s Carradale

Although both of her parents were from Carradale, Christine was brought up on Bute.  After degrees in Modern Languages and Library and Information Studies, she worked as a college librarian in Oxford for nearly thirty years.  She then re-trained as a genealogist at Strathclyde University, and now spends most of her time engaged in family and local history research.

2.30pm                 Carradale Network Centre: exhibition on Naomi Mitchison by the National Library of Scotland

The Network Centre is a heritage centre devoted to the story of Carradale and this part of the Kintyre peninsula. Further information is available at

3.00pm                 Skipness Castle: From Carradale we will head north to Skipness, stopping to visit Skipness Castle and Chapel (please note that the Tower will have closed for the season)

Skipness Castle dates to the early 1200s and was probably built by either Clan MacSween founder Suibhne (Sven) ‘the Red’, or his son, Dugald. It was rebuilt several times over three different centuries, and as such it offers a snapshot of the variation in form of Scottish castle architecture between the 1200s and 1500s. The buildings are among the oldest standing castle buildings in Scotland.  Further information is available at

Cost:  Free

4.00pm                 Homeward bound


Friends Visit to Dunstaffnage Castle and Ardchattan

Date: Sat 6 October 2018
Location: Dunstaffnage Castle and Ardchattan Gardens

Our second Friends annual visit will take place on Saturday 6 October and will include visits to Dunstaffnage Castle and to Ardchattan Priory and Gardens, with history and guidance from Duncan Beaton and Diarmid Campbell, Friends, volunteers with the Argyll Papers and very knowledgeable.

10.15am Meet at the entrance to Dunstaffnage Castle. Dunstaffnage is one of Scotland’s oldest stone castles, built before 1240, probably by Duncan MacDougall, grandson of the great Somerled, the self-styled ‘King of the Isles’. Taken by Robert the Bruce, Dunstaffnage remained a royal castle until it passed to the Campbell earls of Argyll in the 1460s. From then until the last Jacobite Rising in 1745–6, Dunstaffnage’s story is interlinked with the constant struggles by the Crown and the Campbells to control their unruly western subjects. For further information, please visit

Entry to Dunstaffnage is free for Historic Scotland members, £6 per adult or £4.80 concession. If we buy 11 tickets, we will qualify for a 10% reduction, so please book early. Please note that there are a lot of steps to climb to explore Dunstaffnage Castle.

12.30pm We will eat lunch in The Lochnell Arms Hotel, North Connel. I need to order lunch in advance and you will need to pay for it on the day. Please check the menu and let me know what you would like to order.

2.30pm In the afternoon we will visit Ardchattan Garden, which has existed for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little-known order in Burgundy, first settled on the north shore of Loch Etive. The monastic origins can be traced in the ruins of the monk’s chapel, accessed from the garden. For further information, please visit

Entry to the Garden costs £4 (in cash, payment via Honesty box in Gardens).

4.00pm We expect the day to finish around 4.00pm.

Dunstaffnage Castle and Ardchattan are not accessible by public transport so we need to car-share so that everyone can come. If you need a lift, please let me know where from. If you are driving and have space for a Friend or two (old or new), please also let me know so that I can match you with a passenger(s).

Please email: or phone 07943 667673 for a booking form.

Doors Open Day 2018

Date: Sat 22 and Sun 23 September 2018
Location: Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

For Doors Open Day 2018 the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle will be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

Join us for ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours of the archives stores: hear about the amazing collections we hold; find out how the records may be able to help you with your own research projects; try your hand at a little palaeography challenge. This year you also have the opportunity to join a tour of Old Inveraray, the town razed to the ground in the 18th century. Volunteers who have been researching the history of the old town, will be on hand to guide you around the outside of  the current Inveraray Castle, recreating the old town, its streets, houses and pubs.

Tours are free but must be pre-booked. Email Alison at or phone 01499 302698 or 07943 667673 to book.  

‘Behind the Scenes’ tours are at 1.30pm and 3.30pm

‘Old Inveraray’ tours are at 2.00pm and 3.00pm

For a total Archive Adventure, why not also visit the Live Argyll Archives (formerly the Archive and Bute Council Archives) in Lochgilphead in the morning of Sat 22 September? Pre-book tours of the archive stores at Lochgilphead by email:

Doors Open Day 2018 at the Argyll Papers is part of the HLF funded Written in the Landscape project, opening up the family archives in Argyll and Bute held by the Argyll Papers and at Live Argyll Archives in Lochgilphead.

Practical workshop for cleaning and packaging archival maps and plans

Date: Mon 20 August 2018
Location: Argyll Estates Office, Cherry Park, Inveraray

On Monday 20 August 2018, Richard Aitken ACR, Senior Conservator, High Life Highland, will be leading a practical workshop on DIY cleaning of maps and plans and the options for preservation packaging.

There are a limited number of places for this workshop due to available space and its practical nature.

The training is targeted primarily at those who wish to volunteer regularly between September 2018 and March 2019, to clean and re-package the maps and plans in the Argyll Papers.

Please note your interest in volunteering and training by emailing Alison at or by phoning 07943 667673 before 31 July 2018. A registration form will be sent out nearer the time.

If you wish to participate in the workshop but are unable to volunteer with the Argyll Papers, your name can be added to a reserve list and available spaces will be allocated (on a first-come, first-served basis) after 31 July.

Please note that this workshop will include hands-on cleaning and packaging which requires handling large and sometimes unwieldy objects, and appropriate clothing.

This workshop is part of the HLF funded Written in the Landscape project, opening up the family archives in Argyll and Bute held by the Argyll Papers and at Live Argyll Archives in Lochgilphead.

Friends of the Argyll Papers second annual meeting

Date: 14 April 2018
Location: Nicoll Hall, Inveraray

We are delighted to announce that the second annual meeting of the Friends of the Argyll Papers will be held on Saturday 14 April 2018 at 11.15 a.m. in the Nicoll Hall, Inveraray. All members of the Friends are warmly invited to attend.

Coffee/tea and biscuits available from 11.00 a.m.

The meeting will include an update on Friends’ activities and fundraising over the year as well as an update on the development of the archives.  See links below to the agenda and last years minutes.

Following the business meeting, we are delighted that Marian Pallister has accepted our invitation to talk about her research into mining in Argyll, much of which was undertaken in the Argyll Papers.

After the meeting, friends are invited to continue to network over lunch in the George Hotel. Please note that friends are responsible for paying for their own lunches but the craic is free!

Please email the Argyll Papers to confirm your attendance or to offer your apologies.


Minutes 2017




Friends of the Argyll Papers launch event

Date: 30 September 2016
Location: Inveraray Castle

‘One of the most important private archives in Britain.’ This is how Professor Allan Macinnes, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Strathclyde and expert on Highland history, described the Argyll Papers at the start of his entertaining and informative talk at Inveraray Castle last Friday. Professor Macinnes proceeded to relate some of the highlights of his many years of research in the archives – when the Papers were stored in the Castle itself – and told at some length a true tale of piratical adventures on the high seas which ended at Loch Craignish.

The talk was the last part of the launch event for the Friends of the Argyll Papers, an organisation established to support the development of the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, dukes of Argyll, and to promote its use and enjoyment by a wide audience. Thirty-five Friends, partners and interested parties arrived promptly at 5pm for a tour of Inveraray Castle. The tour was led by Monika, one of the Castle guides, who enthusiastically shared her knowledge of the family and the Castle. Following the tour, refreshments were served in the Armoury Hall, surrounded by roundels of muskets and Lochaber axes, before moving through to the saloon where Professor Macinnes was to talk.

The Friends of the Argyll Papers has now been launched in style. New ‘friends’ are always welcome – please join online or ‘like us’ on Facebook/friendsoftheargyllpapers.

Archive Awareness Campaign 2015

Date: November 2015
Location: The Argyll Papers, Cherry Park, Inveraray

With support from The Friends, The Argyll Papers will participate in this national initiative aimed at raising the profile of archives and making them more accessible to the general public.

This is a free event, open to Friends and the general public. For further details about the national initiative see