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Hunterston House

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Hunterston, a handsome mansion, built early in the present century, in West Kilbride parish, N Ayrshire, within 3 furlongs of the Firth of Clyde and 2½ miles NNW of West Kilbride village. It is the seat of Lieut. Col. Gould Hunter-Weston, son-in-law of Robert Hunter, Esq. of Hunterston (1800-80), who owned 881 acres in the shire, valued at £1874 per annum, and whose ancestors held this estate as far back as the first half of the 13th century. Their castle, a small square tower, stands not far distant from the present manor house, in which is preserved a large and splendid ancient silver brooch, richly adorned with gold filigree work, and bearing a Runic inscription. Supposed to have been lost by a Norseman at the time of the Battle of Largs (1263), it was found on the estate in 1826, and is finely reproduced in the Archœological Collections relating to the Counties of Ayr and Wigtown (Edinb. 1878).

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