Lady's Rock

Lady's Rock is an uninhabited[3] skerry to the south west of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides. It is submerged at high tide and carries a navigation beacon.[4] Eilean Musdile is to the north east, next to Lismore.

Lady's Rock Lighthouse
Lady's Rock with Isle of Mull in the background.
Argyll and Bute
LocationLady's Rock
Argyll and Bute
United Kingdom
Coordinates56.448515°N 5.617230°W / 56.448515; -5.617230
Year first constructed1907 (first)
Year first lit2001 (current)
Constructionlower stone tower and upper skeletal tower covered by aluminium panels with light on the top
Tower shapesquare frustum tower
Markings / patternwhite tower, red aluminium panels on the top
Tower height12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height12 metres (39 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)[1]
CharacteristicFl W 6s.
Admiralty numberA4172
NGA number4068
ARLHS numberSCO-118
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[2]


In 1527, Lachlan Maclean of Duart decided to murder his wife, Lady Catherine Campbell, a sister of Archibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll. He rowed out to the rock one night at low tide and left his wife stranded on the rock to die.[5][6] Looking out the next day from Duart Castle he observed the rock was devoid of life, so he sent a message of condolence to the earl at Inveraray Castle, indicating that he intended to bring his wife's body there for burial. Maclean duly arrived at Inveraray with an entourage of men and the coffin. He was immediately taken to the dining hall of the castle for refreshment only to discover Lady Catherine waiting for him at the head of the table. She had been rescued during the night by boat from Tayvallich[7] (or possibly Lismore[5]) that had passed by the rock.

No word was said of the incident by Argyll or his sister during the meal and Maclean was allowed to make his escape. He was murdered in his bed in Edinburgh some time later by Sir John Campbell of Calder, Lady Catherine's brother.[7]

See also


  1. Lady’s Rock Light Mull Historical & Archaeological Society. Retrieved 23 May 2016
  2. Lady's Rock The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 23 May 2016
  3. "Lady's Rock". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  4. Murray (1977) pp. 157-58
  5. "The Lady's Rock - Lismore in Alba". Clan MacLea. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  6. Murray (1977) p. 158 states the incident took place in 1523.
  7. Murray (1977) p. 158


  • Murray, W.H. (1977) The Companion Guide to the West Highlands of Scotland. London. Collins.

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