The weather has been beautiful today in Ayr, so we decided to take the children to visit a local castle that I plan to write about in my next book.
It is only a small castle, but it was owned by the family of a character in the book, so I thought it would be nice to put a local spin on it. The castle is now just a ruin, but it sits in a beautiful position, atop the cliffs, with views across the bay as far as Arran and a lovely beach below it.
It was built in the 15th century for members of the Kennedy family but was forfeited to the Scottish crown in 1476. King James IV then handed it to the family of the Earl of Angus in 1493.
The grandson of this generation was Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, who married Margaret Tudor (sister of Henry VIII), after the death of her husband King James IV.
They had a daughter, Margaret Douglas, who was then married to the Earl of Lennox. They had a son, Henry, who is known to history as Lord Darnley.
It is Lord Darnley who appears in my next book, though not in the traditional role of husband to Mary Queen of Scots. She does not murder him either !!
To find out more about how he fits in, you will have to read the book when it is released !!
The castle was probably built as a tower house, and below is a drawing that I found online as to how it MAY have looked at the time I write about it, also is a picture of the ruin that is there today.