Eglinton Castle

Eglinton Castle

Eglinton Castle aerial footage Dec 2014.Eglinton Castle, Kilwinning, United Kingdom.Eglinton Castle is a ruined mansion just south of the town of Kilwinning and 1.5 miles north of Irvine in North Ayrshire, Scotland. It was the ancient seat of the Earls of Eglinton. The castle was built between 1797 and 1802 in Gothic castellated style with a central round keep and four outer towers. The Eglinton Tournament was held in 1839, a medieval tournament, attracting thousands of visitors. Eglinton Castle was abandoned when the family ran out of money building a harbour at Ardrossan. It was unroofed in 1925 to be used for target practice, and the shell of the house was partly demolished in 1973. All that survives is a single corner tower and some low walls. The ruins are near the Eglinton Park visitor centre.In 1153 King David of Scotland named Walter Fitzalan his High Steward, and when Robert de Montgomerie married Walter's daughter Marjorie her dowry included 'Eagleshame', the Eglinton estate. www.britainexpress.com

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