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Is this the Appin Gun?

‘The Appin Murder’ as it is called, was one of the most notorious and contentious murders in Scottish social and political history.

After the 1745 Jacobite rising (see our Jacobite section), Colin Campbell of Glenure was the Crown factor (representative) appointed to manage the forfeited estate of Ardsheil. He received assistance from James Stewart, the exiled Stewart of Ardsheil’s natural brother and his representative in Appin.

Glenure and James came into conflict over evictions on the Ardshiel estate which James believed he had prevented through a court order. Glenure however managed to have the decision reversed. On 14th May 1752, the day before the evictions were to proceed, Glenure was shot in the back while travelling through the woods of Lettermore on the Appin side of Loch Linnhe.

Traditionally there were three guns in Appin and Glencoe believed capable of Killing Glenure. The one used, a long Spanish gun, was called ‘an t-Slinneanach’. Long after the murder, the gun pictured was discovered in a glen close to Lettermore and identified by the old Laird of Ballachulish as the ‘black gun of misfortune’. It found its way to Dalness House and was ultimately presented to the West Highland Museum.  There are 4 guns in Scotland that are purported to be the Appin murder weapon. This is one.

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