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CASTLES, STATELY HOMES AND HISTORIC RUINS

The Hunterston Brooch, one of the most intricate and stunning artefacts ever to be found on Scotland’s shores was discovered during the 1830’s, made about AD700 it takes pride of place in the National Museum of Scotland, a Link to which can be found here, Hunterston Brooch.

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Historic Battles in Ayrshire include,

 

Coilsfield (360 AD: The Romans and Picts defeated the Scots.)

 

Cree (376 AD: The Scots and Picts defeated the Britons.)

 

Ayr (836 AD, The Britons defeated Kenneth I, King of Scotland.)

 

Largs (1263 AD: King Alexander III defeated Haakon IV, King of Norway.)

 

At the beginning of the Wars of Independence various Battles took place in and around Ayrshire over a short period, starting with,

 

Loudoun Hill (1296 AD, William Wallace defeated the English.)

 

Battle of Sanquhar Castle (1297 AD, Sir William Douglas and William Wallace defeated the English Troops held up in the Castle.)

 

William Wallace left Scotland in 1299 on a diplomatic mission to both France and Rome to try and restore the Scottish Monarchy, upon his return in 1303 without an agreement in place from Pope Boniface VII. he once again began hostilities, being captured in Robroyston, north of Glasgow, on the 3rd August 1305, Wallace was tried in Westminster Hall on 23rd August 1305, one of his so called crimes included treason, which he denied, having never swearing allegience to the English  King Edward, he was hung, drawn and quartered.

 

On 27th March 1306, at a small inauguration, Isobel of Fife, Countess of Buchan, crowned ‘King’ Robert the Bruce at Scone Palace, Fife.

 

Dalry (1306 AD, John MacDougall of Argyll, Lord of Lorne defeated Robert the Bruce.)

 

Turnberry (Feb 1307 AD, Robert the Bruce defeated Henry de Percy, 1st Baron Percy.)

 

Loch Ryan (Feb 1307 AD, Dougal Macdowell defeated Thomas and Alexander Bruce.)

 

Sanquhar (May 8th 1307 AD, Sir James Douglas defeated the English.)

 

Loudoun Hill (May 10th 1307 AD: Robert the Bruce defeated the Earl of Pembroke.)

 

Ayr (May 13th 1307 AD: Robert the Bruce defeated Ralph de Monthermet, 1st Baron Monthermer, Earl of Hertford, Earl of Gloucester, Earl of Atholl.)

 

After consolidating Ayrshire “The Bruce” moved onto the national stage finally being recognised as King of Scotland by the Scottish parliament in 1309 AD.

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Ayrshire Castles

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