"Dunure castle" Ayrshire Tip by margaretvn

Ayrshire, Glasgow: 10 reviews and 24 photos

  Dunure castle
by margaretvn

On the West Coast of Scotland about five miles south of Ayr and beautifully perched on a craggy cliff top knoll stands the ruins of Dunure Castle. It was originally built for the Kennedy family. The site is actually only the shell of a late 13th century oblong keep on the main knoll with the very fragmented remains of two additional wings. These were very possibly the chapel and kitchen built in the 15th and 16th centuries, on the side facing the land. In 1429 John Mor MacDonald was killed at Dunure castle when talks between the Macdonald's and King James I's man James Campbell ended in violence. Just why a Kennedy castle was used for this meeting is uncertain but it would maybe have been seen as neutral ground. King James executed Campbell in a hope to distance himself from Mor MacDonald?s murder. The Macdonald?s still broke out in rebellion and they defeated the King's army at Inverlochy castle.
Mary Queen of Scot?s stayed at Dunure in 1563 during her Royal tour along the West Coast Later Gilbert Kennedy, who was 4th Earl of Cassillis stole the lands of Glenluce, he used a Monk to forge the land charter signatures. Then a hired assassin murdered the monk; this assassin was arrested by the Kennedy?s and hung by them after being falsely charged of theft. In this way they hid their awful crime. The Earl imprisoned the Commendator of Crossraguel Abbey in 1565 and he roasted him in an attempt to get him to renounce his claim on Abbey lands ? not very friendly people these Kennedy?s. Lord Bargany sent a small force to try and rescue the Commendator (actually the lord wanted the Abbey lands for himself). The plans failed and the small army were trapped in the keep. The Kennedy?s besieged their own castle but Lord Bargany then sent a larger army and rescued his men and forced the Kennedy?s into a settlement about the Abbey Lands.
By the late 1700's, Dunure Castle started to be used as the local quarry leaving it as a sad shell hiding it's former glory as a home of the Kennedy ?s a place of intrigue and deceit.

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  • Updated Apr 16, 2006
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