This postcard was sent from Annie McCurrach (my great-grandfather's sister) in Dunoon to her mother, Susanna at 9 Roseneath Terrace in Nairn, on August 7, 1909.
Dunoon, population around 4500, is located in the western portion of Scotland, west and north of Glasgow, across the water from Gourock, which was mentioned in this previous post. It is the main resort on the Cowal Peninsula in the Argyll & The Isles region in western Scotland.
Dunoon Castle (because there's always a castle), the remains of which stand just behind and to the left of the photographer, was built in the 12th century and first recorded in the 13th. It may have been built due to the Stewart's increasing influence in the area. Surrendered to the English in 1333, an insurrection ensued and the Scots retook it. By the 1400s, it was a royal castle and the Campbells were its hereditary keepers.
In 1544, the castle was captured by Matthew Stewart with military support from Henry the VIII, at which time Archibald Campbell, 4th Earl of Argyll, was driven out. A violent feud between the Campbell and Lamont clans led to the Dunoon Massacre in 1646. After the restoration, Dunoon was the residence of the the bishops of Argyll for a time. in 1685, the castle was destroyed during the Earl of Argyll's rebellion against James VII and II (Wikipedia).
I have recently started knitting, and now understand how important it is to properly block a piece after completing it. Which leads me to be so grateful for the Internet. I learned basic stitches when I was young, but the Internet allows us to learn whatever we want without having to rely on relatives or friends to teach us. Aren't we lucky?