Ayrshire: About 4 miles east and south of Maybole, on minor road south of B7045, north of Water of Girvan, 1.5 miles south-east of Kirkmichael, at Cloncaird Castle.
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Standing on a slope above the Kelsie Burn in a pretty spot, Cloncaird Castle is a square 16th-century tower house of four storeys and an attic, the third
storey projecting on corbelling. The castle was much extended and remodelled in the Gothic style in 1841, and is set in an estate of 140 acres.
The basement is vaulted, but the interior has been greatly altered.
The place is marked as ‘Klonkoird’ on Blaeu’s map of Carrick, depicted as a tower in a wooded and enclosed park.
This was a property of the Mures from the 15th century. Patrick Mure of Cloncaird was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Walter Mure of Cloncaird was summoned for treason in 1604 for his part in aiding Thomas Kennedy of Drummurchie during a dispute among branches of the Kennedys.
The property was held by the Kennedys in 1665, but Anthony Mackie of Cloncaird is on record in 1690, and the property passed to other families, including the Wallaces until 1905. The property was sold in 1947 and became a convalescent home, but is now a private residence again and it is occupied.
A ghost of a man is said to have been seen often on the stairs, even in recent times.
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