The 'Magnificent Castle' of Culzean and the Kennedy Family

Overview

"Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland." "Built in the late sixteenth century above a network of caves, the castle became a centre for smuggling during the eighteenth century. Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis, went on an extended grand tour in the 1750s and returned full of ideas as to how to improve his vast estates and home. His brother and heir commissioned Robert Adam to create his masterpiece and became bankrupt as a result." "The estate was rescued when wealthy American ...
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Overview

"Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland." "Built in the late sixteenth century above a network of caves, the castle became a centre for smuggling during the eighteenth century. Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis, went on an extended grand tour in the 1750s and returned full of ideas as to how to improve his vast estates and home. His brother and heir commissioned Robert Adam to create his masterpiece and became bankrupt as a result." "The estate was rescued when wealthy American cousins inherited it in 1792. Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa, completed the house and lavished money on the property." Four hundred years of family history reveal a tale of murder, gardening, Indian wars, game hunting, temperance, heroic gambling, farming, sailing, financial difficulties, and good taste.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748617227
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Moss is research professor of archival studies at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Through the ruined arch 1
1 Bloody feuds: to 1710 5
2 Prudent smugglers: 1710-44 23
3 The well-travelled man: 1744-75 33
4 The jocular builder and American cousins: 1775-92 69
5 Americans to the rescue: 1792-1816 97
6 Gambling and green ribbons: 1816-46 123
7 Nothing to do but hunt: 1846-70 167
8 Sailing and sadness: 1870-92 189
9 Economy and expenditure: 1892-1938 223
10 Leaving the family home: 1938-58 261
Notes 271
Bibliography 284
Index 287
Picture Credits 292
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