>By the later years of the 19thC we see references to ‘Avonsuidh’ or ‘Fin Castle’ as the Harris seat of the Earl of Dunmore.

It would appear that the 7th Earl first named it Fincastle then it later became Amhuinnsuidhe Castle and was ‘Anglicised’ into Avonsuidh which, according to Iain mac an Tailleir, is from Abhainn Suidhe or ‘River Suidhe’.

I think ‘suidhe’ is, coincidentally, to do with ‘seating’ (although Iain mac an Tailleir has it as ‘seething’?) but, as he had to sell his ‘seat’ soon after it was completed, then I suppose that the Earl probably was indeed seething…


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