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norrie123 Posted 21st Mar 2020, 08:57am
  Hi Folk, we are not sure when our Thursday group will resume walking, no organised walk last Thursday, goodness knows when we can get back out
Typical , Thursday was the best day this year, my wife and I walked along River Clyde into town and back again, 7 miles
Hope your all well

Bye for now, norrie
wombat Posted 15th Mar 2020, 06:46am
  laugh.gif laugh.gif carmella like this ? laugh.gif
wombat Posted 13th Mar 2020, 06:45pm
QUOTE (zascot @ 9th Mar 2020, 05:00pm) *
Nice shot Beth, know the feeling we were stuck last month between a breeding herd and a very large male on a dirt road with trees either side, you have to just sit there and wait, fortunately he walked up to my 4 x 4 touched the spotlights with his metre long tusk scraped along the side and wandered off
Still nothing like seeing them in their own environment as Carmella said.

yes.gif laugh.gif
JAGZ1876 Posted 13th Mar 2020, 09:26am
  Fantastic photos Norrie, although i've passed Eglinton park countless times i've never actually been in it, i'll have to remedy that. wink.gif
ashfield Posted 13th Mar 2020, 08:53am
  Thanks Norrie, I need to get the.walking gear on and get out! smile.gif
norrie123 Posted 12th Mar 2020, 07:26pm
  Bonus shots, by Patd

patd by norrie1, on Flickr

Pats trying to get a shot of me falling in the mud biggrin.gif

patd2 by norrie1, on Flickr

patd3 by norrie1, on Flickr

Lugton Water, you can see what I am standing, looks like it was under water lately

patd4 by norrie1, on Flickr

patd5 by norrie1, on Flickr

Bye for now, Norrie
norrie123 Posted 12th Mar 2020, 07:24pm
  Walk over, we are in the Tournement Cafe in park grounds, so no pub shots today
Tea and Empire Biscuits went down well
We walked about 7 miles today, pretty muddy in many places, nearly got it dry, damn this rain biggrin.gif
An easy enough walk hardly a hill
Did we enjoy the walk??, of course
Walk was suggested and led by BigG and PatD, good choice but the rain took the shine off it
BUT it was a great deal better than missing a walk and staying at home, thats for sure, thanks Big G and PatD, you do a grand job for us
Thanks to all who were able to join us, on a Driech day
Some bonus shots by Patd to follow, mostly of myself biggrin.gif

Some happy walkers
DSCF1145_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCF1146_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCF1148_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCF1149_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCF1150_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Bye for now, Norrie
norrie123 Posted 12th Mar 2020, 07:23pm
  Ruins of Eglinton Castle
DSCF1142_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Ruins of Eglinton Castle
DSCF1143_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Ruins of Eglinton Castle
DSCF1144_resize by norrie1, on Flickr
Just some of the history of Eglinton Castle

Site History
General Roy's map of 1750 shows a very extensive area of parkland at Eglinton laid out in an elaborate, radiating formal plan. By the 1st edition OS map in 1850 the only remnants of the early formal design were the rides in the south- west area of the estate, through Meadow Plantation and Crow Wood. This layout, possibly dating from 1801, when the Castle was rebuilt, is the basis for the designed landscape today although some elements have been lost.

The Eglinton family lived at Eglinton for many generations. Earliest records are of Elgin, Lord Elintoun, who lived in the reign of Malcolm of Scotland (1057-1099). In 1205 the name of Rudolphus of Elintoun appears. In 1361, Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Hew de Eglintoun married Sir John Montgomerie of Eagleshame, a Norman family and they and their successors lived in Eglinton. In 1388 Sir John Montgomerie earned fame and fortune, and the niece of Robert II for his bride, by capturing Henry Percy at the battle of Otterburn; his ransom paid for the castle of Polnoon at Eaglesham. Sir John's grandson, Sir Alexander, (1429-1470) was raised by James II to the title of Lord Montgomerie for his work in the King's service, and his great- grandson Hugh was awarded an Earldom in 1508. He took the title of the Earl of Eglinton also becoming the Baillie of Cunningham, much to the fury of the Earl of Glencairn's Cunningham family with whom a long feud ensued; Eglinton Castle was burned down in 1526 and the 4th Earl, Hugh, was murdered in 1586.

A new castle was built and the estate was described in Thomas Pent's survey of 1608 as 'well planted and beautified with gardens, orchards and parks'. A famous beauty, Susannah, daughter of Sir Archibald Kennedy of Culzean married the 9th Earl, and the 10th Earl became famous for his agricultural improvements. The 11th Earl married Lilian Montgomerie of Skelmorlie, an heiress, and their son, Hugo, rebuilt Eglinton Castle on the site of the previous house. He also rebuilt the mansion at Coilsfield, and had the harbour at Ardrossan constructed.

The architect for the new castle was John Paterson, although plans were also submitted by John Baxter in 1775 (and his designs for the lodges accepted). John Paterson followed up his work with a court action against the Earl in 1823 for non- payment of his accounts between 1797-1806. Millar refers to the grounds being landscaped by Tweedie by 1801 but this has been neither substantiated nor refuted by the discovery of any plans. Loudon in 1824 comments 'the trees of the park are large, of picturesque form and much admired. The kitchen garden is one of the best in the country'. An article in 1833 in the Gardeners' Magazine makes similar remarks and comments on the 'many hundred feet of hot houses'; however, it also notes that the 'grounds are not kept up as they ought to be'.

The 13th Earl staged the celebrated Tournament in 1839, an imitation of medieval tournaments. It was staged on a jousting area four acres in extent, across the river from the Castle, and for this event the Tournament Bridge was built. Between 80,000 and 200,000 visitors arrived from all over Britain and the Continent, and one of the more famous participants was Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. Two temporary saloons of 250' long were constructed for the banquet and the ball, and everyone wore costumes of the 14th & 15th century. Apparently it rained non-stop for the first two days of the Tournament and the event is reputed to have cost over #40,000 in 1839. The 13th Earl also took political office and in 1852 and 1858 he was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The 14th Earl was famous more for his horse racing and breeding.

By 1927 the family fortunes had altered so drastically that the family moved out of Eglinton and had the roof removed to avoid rate liability. A proposal for the conversion of the stables to a house in 1930 was never implemented. In 1940 the Castle was used by the army for gun practice and by the end of the World War II it was a ruin.

In 1953 Mr R. Clement Wilson approached Ayr County Council in his search for a suitable site in his native Ayrshire to open an extension of his Irish food manufacturing industry (Kennomeat and Kattomeat). He was hoping to find a historical site to convert into a factory for human food production, and the stables at Eglinton, though dilapidated, were sound and suitable for his purpose. The stable- block was converted into a factory and the grounds were opened to the public. In 1965 Mr Wilson established the Clement Wilson Foundation Ltd for the improvement of the environment. Part of the Castle was demolished and the rest was made safe. One of the 70' peripheral towers has been saved and this enables panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. In 1978 the park was gifted to Irvine Development Corporation as a public recreational resource.

Landscape Components
Architectural Features
The ruined castle is listed C(S). The Tournament Bridge by David Hamilton which has lost its original Gothic parapet is listed B. The stables built around 1800 are also listed B; the stable court has been converted into a factory, but the frontage has been preserved. Other listed buildings within the park (some today divorced from it) are the Ice House, C, the Belvedere Gates, C, the Kilwinning Gates, B, the Doocot into Home Farm, B, the Garden Cottage 1798, B, the walled kitchen gardens and derelict gazebos, C(S), and the Park Bridge, B. There is some ornamentation in the formal garden, but this has been vandalised.

Bye for now, Norrie
norrie123 Posted 12th Mar 2020, 07:22pm
  An old stable, now housing???
DSCF1138_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

No heads, vandalised some time ago
DSCF1139_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCF1140_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

The original bridge that was here,has been restored,it was used for jousting many years ago
DSCF1141_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Bye for now, Norrie
norrie123 Posted 12th Mar 2020, 07:21pm
  Time for lunch, by the suspension bridge
DSCN9399_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCN9400_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

DSCN9401_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Our view from the lunch spot, Lugon Water
DSCF1137_resize by norrie1, on Flickr

Bye for now, Norrie
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