10 July: we came fornent the castle of meagne
11 July: we cam much nearer the castle of Mingary
12 July: the kowes were taken from Mingary castle
13 July: the castle was assaulted by land & sea
14 July: it was rendred upon quarter
The discovery by archaeologists from Addyman Archaeology of the original stones from the doorway surround gave us a very immediate connection through to this event. The doorway was subsequently rebuilt, some time around 1700. Look carefully at this picture, and you can see that the area above the door shows signs of work, and the rocks all round the doorway have been completely re-done.
Many thanks to Ross Cameron for drawing my attention to John Weir's writing (in the book 'Colkitto', Kevin Byrne, House of Lochar), and to Ricky Clark for the top photograph.