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Pages: 81. Chapters: Barony and Castle of Giffen, Eglinton Castle,
Kilwinning Abbey, Eglinton Tournament Bridge, Barony of Ladyland,
Laigh Milton Viaduct, Seagate Castle, Skelmorlie Castle, Rowallan
Castle, Kerelaw Castle, Brodick Castle, Auchenharvie Castle, Little
Cumbrae Castle, Stanecastle, Glengarnock Castle, Clonbeith Castle,
Ardrossan Castle, Kelburn Castle, Kilwinning Old Parish church,
Kilbirnie Auld Kirk, Lochranza Castle, West Kilbride railway
station, Skelmorlie Aisle, Portencross Castle, Brisbane Aisle,
Knock Castle, Largs, St Columba's College, Largs, Cathedral of the
Isles, Beith Parish Churches. Excerpt: The Barony of Giffen and its
associated 15th-century castle were in the parish of Beith in the
former District of Cunninghame, now North Ayrshire. The site may be
spelled Giffen or Giffin and lay within the Lordship of Giffin,
which included the Baronies of Giffen, Trearne, Hessilhead,
Broadstone, Roughwood and Ramshead; valued at 3788 9s 10d. The
Barony of Giffen comprised a number of properties, including
Greenhills, Thirdpart, Drumbuie, Nettlehirst and Balgray, covering
about half of the parish of Beith. Giffen was a hundred merk land,
separated from the Barony of Beith, a forty pound land, by the
Powgree Burn which rises on Cuff hill. The Lugton Water or the
Bungle burn running through Burnhouse may have been the Giffen
barony boundary with that of the adjacent barony and lands of Aiket
castle. Giffen has a recorded history that covers many of familiar
aspects of a feudal barony, including the possession of a 'Moot' or
'Justice Hill' here represented by 'Greenhills', as well as a
thirled mill and a 'gathering place' known as the 'Borestone'.
Other features such as the old chapel and the holy well add to the
expected features, most of which unfortunately no longer survive.
The 40ft high tower castle of Giffen lay nea...
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