» Largs History Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 16 Apr 2010 17:27:18 +0000 en hourly 1 History of Largs Scotland Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:50:47 +0000 admin Evolving from a combination of multiple estates, lorded over by in the Montgomeries in the Sixteenth Century, Largs has an interesting history unique to its location. The first Sir Robert Montgomerie originally built Skelmorie Aisle in the old Kirk of Largs as a family mausoleum. It is the only remaining vestibule of the old kirk in modern times.

Starting off merely as a small village as a support structure essentially around its kirk, Largs became quite a busy and popular sea side town and port a couple hundred years later. The 19th century brought a construction boon to the village, as many big hotels were erected, which increased the town’s popularity. 1895 saw the railway come in to service in the area, making the town even more popular. In that day, it was fashionable to live in Largs, so many mansions were also built and famous people came to reside in the area.

The roots of Largs do stem further back though, as it was the site of the Battle of Largs in 1263. Parts of a Scottish army attacked some Norwegians trying to salvage some boats that had carried king Magnus of Mann, and King Haakon of Norway. Scots under Alexander the III had followed them for quite sometime, trying to catch their raiding parties. Victory is uncertain historically, as both sides claim to have won the ancient battle. The only independent source chronicling the war had failed to mention that specific battle.

World war II held some importance for the area as well, as one of its Hotels, the Hollywood, was converted into a command post. Many high ranking officers took part, and it became known as “The Field Of Cloth And Gold”. King Haakon VII of Norway, then in exile because Germany had occupied his country, visited Largs and became the towns first honorary citizen. Currently having a bit over 11,000 residents, this small town has seen its share of important historical duty. Not only do the famous and commoner alike call it home, but it is also a great vacation spot. Steeped in history, Largs is ready to prepared to reveal it splendor to you.

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Famous Ayrshire Clans Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:42:47 +0000 admin A total of 14 notable and famous clans call Ayrshire home, or their origins were founded there. Clan Boyd, whose origins stem back to the Battle of Largs against the Viking invasion, find base here. Sir Robert, a notable progenitor, was a commander in Robert the Bruce’s army against the English. He was rewarded with lands that later evolved to include many castles in the area of Kilmarok, Girvan, the areas of Portencross, and other parts of the county.

Then there are the Boyles, whose primary residence was the Kelburn Castle. They were descendants of Anglo Norman soldiers and knights who migrated in after the Norman conquest of England. The Bruces originated in Normandy, and were host to some of the most notable kings of Scotland. Robert The Bruce, the most famous one, was Annandales 7th lord and led the army against the English after the death of William Wallace. This line died out in 1371 with the death of his son David, who was 11. A clan who backed Robert the Bruce in his conquests, the Campbells, were gaining much wealth and notoriety, much land in Argyle, and the marriage to one of Bruce’s sisters.

The Cathcarts, originally supported the first King Edward, under Williams rule. His son Alan later became a supporter of the Bruces and their battles. Another clan of Norman origin were the Craufurds. Sir Reginald was placed in the position of Ayr Sheriff. His sister and a man from Elderlisle by the name of Wallace, mated and produced one of the most legendary heroes of all time, William Wallace. Cunninghams were also Bruce supporters, and built Kerlaw Castle. They stem back to the battle of Largs, as well.

Clan Hamilton built Cadzow Castle after switching sides from the English to support Robert the Bruce at the battle of Sterling. The Hunters, who currently own a castle open to the public a day out of each year, were a part of the Largs viking Battle, and were anti-English when the uprisings started around 1300. A clan with origins in the Fergus family, the Kennedys, were connectioned to the Irish dating as far back as 1014, when battles against vikings were happening. Originally Norman, the Lockharts moved into the area after losing their lands during William the Conquerors conquests. Ayrshire and Lanarkshire became their home, and Symon, son of Stephen, was knighted for his support of Robert the Bruce.

Having come from Liseux, the Montgomerys were thought to be Norman. They were Bruce supporters, and were also notable for having a blood feud with the Cunningham’s over the mutual deaths of family members. The Muirs existed alongside the Bruces, and Roberts Grandchild, Robert the 2nd, married into the Muir family through Elizabeth, Sir Adams daughter, in 1346. Then, of course, come the Wallaces. House to the most famous patriot of the country, they exist in about every historical text mentionable of the time.

Take a look deeper into the history, especially if you share Scottish blood. You may be surprised, and most definitely proud of what you find if you do.

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Ayrshire, Scotland Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:33:08 +0000 admin Ayrshire exists as the 7th largest county, population-wise, of all the Scottish counties. It is also one of the most fertile and agriculturally sound regions in the region, specifically in Scotland. The Irish would be proud of the Scots production of potatoes on the coast side in Ayrshire. Using seaweed, they make from a unique fertilizer that helps the production tremendously. It’s a region that sems to be a paradise for many who make their living off of the land.

At one time this region was a highly industrialized area and included many steel manufacturing areas, coal plants, and a few notable product line items. Worldwide, the Johnnie Walker whisky label is recognized as one of the best products of its type produced and is made at a distillery in Ayrshire. Even technology and computer companies have a connection to the area, by way of Compaq buying out a native company known as Digital Equipment. Despite the highly manufacturing oriented atmosphere in the past and currently, the jobless rate in the area extends slightly above and beyond the national average.

While it has a sound foundation in economics and agriculture, it also has an intricate connection to some interesting points in history. Many notable people have called the area home, were birthed or lived in the area at some time in their life. Rumor has it that Robert the Bruce himself hailed from Ayrshire, possibly born at Turnberry Castle. Although definitive confirmation does not exist, rumor is enough to instill some pride in the local communities. Further enhancing the mystique and legendary representation of this particular region, is that Malcolm Wallace, father of the legendary William Wallace, hails from Riccarton. Two of the greatest heroes known in the history of Scotland have their roots in this county.

Ayrshire has about just about everything that one could want. There is seaside dwellings, fishing, and abundant agriculture. Many historical sites steeped in Scottish mythology and history dot the area. Places dedicated to the history not only of Scotland but Ayrshire itself frequent the landscape. Museums, town festivals, and beautiful landscapes are commonplace. A uniquely situated county on one of the most fantastic islands in the ocean, it’s a place you may find to be your destination of choice.

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