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Ballantrae Castle - Ayrshire

Ballantrae Castle - Ayrshire

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 41.4

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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Thought to be a view of Ardstinchar or Aberdour Castle, near Ballantrae, in Scotland. The castle is situated on the banks of the Dour Burn and has views across the Firth of Forth. A tower house was built here during the 13th century and further buildings were added in the 14th and 15th centuries. The castle was originally owned by the Mortimer family but by the 16th century it had passed to James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton who was famously implicated in the murder of Rizzo, the Secretary to Mary Queen of Scots. Later in 1581 James VI had him executed for his crimes. The castle fell to ruin in the 18th century and much of the stone and masonry was plundered by locals and used as building materials.

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