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Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle

The visitor, on inspecting this fortress, cannot fail to be deeply impressed with its almost impregnable situation; this castle was, we believe, once thought of as the residence of the French Emperor. We can hardly forbear regretting that he had not been permitted to reside here, or that the office of gaoler had not devolved on the British nation. From the beautiful site of this building, many delightful views are obtained. On the north, Ben Lomond and the beautiful Vale of Leven, bounded by high hills on every side, with the river celebrated by Smollett, " On Leven's banks, while free to rove," holding its winding course down the centre. On the east, the Clyde, with the numerous objects on its banks ; on the west, the busy towns of Greenock and Port Glasgow, with the numerous shipping, bounded by Argyllshire mountains.

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