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Castle Craig- near Saltcoats

Castle Craig- near Saltcoats

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1775

Shelfmark: Vol. 49

Item number: 41.6

Genre: Topographical Drawing

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View of Ardrossan Castle near Saltcoats in Scotland. The castle sits on a hill known as Castle Craigs, above the town of Ardrossen and was built here in the 12th century- Ardrossan actually means ‘castle on a promontory’. The castle was already a ruin by the time Oliver Cromwell’s troops destroyed it in the 17th century. Saltcoats derives its name from the ancient practice of boiling water to extract salt. This procedure was historically carried out locally on the beaches and in small huts known as ‘salt cots’. A quay was developed here in 1686 and the town quickly developed around the harbour with fishing, salt panning and ship building becoming the main industries.

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