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St Maur's Glencairn Parish Church, Kilmaurs
St Maur’s Glencairn Parish Church, Kilmaurs, Scotland
Today, we embarked on the second leg of our Cunningham Ancestry Tour around S.W.Scotland.
First stop was St. Maur’s Glencairn Parish Church. The Minister here was very helpful, showing us around the Church and providing records of births, deaths and marriages.
The church was endowed by Sir William Cunninghame as a collegiate church in 1413 and rebuilt by Robert S Ingram in 1888.
The annexe in centre of the picture is not part of the church but a Cunningham family mausoleum known as the Glencairn Aisle. Regrettably, this building is not open to visitors due to health and safety reasons.

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This evening, I am focusing on one of Scotland’s more obscure castles, namely Kerelaw which is a ruin located in the midst of a social housing estate in Stevenston, North Ayrshire, a town which boasts a history dating back to the 13th century. Actual location of the castle is not easy to find, especially as there is no signage.

Kerelaw Castle was built in the 12th century and was first held by the Lockharts. The town is, in fact, named after Stephan Loccard or Lockhart. The castle subsequently passed to the Campbells of Loudon and then to the Cunninghames of Kilmaurs. Its current ruinous state dates to 1488 when (during Cunninghame possession) it was burned by the Earl of Eglinton (Montgomerys) in context of a long running feud. In revenge the Cunninghames burned Eglinton Castle just a few miles away.

As will be evident form the images below, the ruins are unsafe and have been fenced off.

Nearby used to be situated a large house/mansion called Kerelaw House which was once home to Alexander Hamilton but this was demolished in the 1970s

For aficionados of clans Montgomery and Cunninghame who like a challenge this castle is worth a visit.

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