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The Boyds of Kilmarnock

Dean Castle after the Boyds

Dean Castle after the Boyds

James Boyd, the eldest son of the last Earl of Kilmarnock, sold the estate and burnt out shell of Dean Castle to William Cunningham, the 13th Earl of Glencairn who had been a friend of his father. His son the 14th Earl, (who was friend and patron to Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet), sold the estate in turn to General John Scott of Balcomie in 1786. 

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