A Genealogical Account of the Principal Families in Ayrshire, More Particularly in Kyle and Cunninghame Volume 1

A Genealogical Account of the Principal Families in Ayrshire, More Particularly in Kyle and Cunninghame Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...of Arnele, and almost surrounded by the sea. It is apparently of very ancient erection, and consists of an oblong embattled tower, vaulted over at top, to which is added, at its southern angle, a square tower or donjon-keep, of smaller area, but rising considerablyhigher, and of exceedingly thick walls--in many places upwards' of nine feet. In the southern angle of the 'main tower is situated the entrance to 'the castle, which has been defended with anouter gate and outwork, or' barbacan, some vestiges of which still remain. The prospects and scenery around this mansion are of a peculiarly varied and romantic class--having on the one hand the broad and sweeping expanse of the opening of the Frith of Clyde, bounded 'to the westward by the lofty mountains of Arran, which are finely contrasted with the' gentle 'and approaching Islands of Bute and Cumbray; while on the land side, and almost overshadowing its walls, are ranged the high and singularly precipitous cliffs called Ardneil-bar'1ks,"'n1asked' about half way up their sides in richly' varied coppice-wood.-' These banks, -however, entirely intercept the view inland and give to the place that air_of'melancholy wildness which so peculiarly characterizes it.-Portineross would seem to have been frequently visited by the first monarch of the Stuart race, from thenurhber of charters' of that Prince 'on record, ' dated apud Arnele. Soon after the restoration of Charles II. the family oi 3PQrfJll1Gr0SS relinquishedthis gothic 'abode, zinderected, on the adjoining messuage of Arnele, a mansion-house of a smaller size, and in a very different style of building. And in this last they resided until the alienation of the estate. However, the old castle still continued to be occupied by fishermen, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923286
  • 9781236923288