Haddington Antrim, Red Bay Castle

Haddington Photo: a fantastic Haddington Photograph Featuring Antrim, Red Bay Castle

Photograph Taken On Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Red Bay Castle 'Caislen Camus Rhuaidh' is situated in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on a headland projecting into the sea. It was built by the Bissett family in the 13th century on the site of an earlier motte-and-bailey outpost of the Kingdom of Dál Riata. The Bissett family were forfeited of their lands in Scotland and fled for their lives to Ireland after Walter de Bisset was accused of the murder of Patrick, Earl of Atholl, at Haddington, East Lothian in 1242. King Henry III of England granted Bisset large possessions in the Barony of Glenarm, Ireland. John Mor MacDonald 1st of Dunnyveg married Margery Bissett of the Glens of Antrim, and acquired as a result the castle of Red Bay. His descendants known as the MacDonnells of Antrim extended and rebuilt the castle in the 16th century. In 1565, the castle was burned to the ground by Shane O'Neill, chief of the O'Neills of Tyrone. Then rebuilt by Sorley Boy MacDonnell, however later fell into disrepair. In 1604 the castle was restored only to be destroyed by Cromwell in 1652. The first Red Bay Castle was probably built by John and Walter Bisset in the 13th century on an Anglo-Norman motte. They came here after they were banished from Scotland in 1224 for the murder of their uncle. The present remains however are from a castle which is believed to have been built on this site by Sir James McDonnell around 1561.View image on Flickr

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