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The Boyds of Kilmarnock

How the Boyds Came to Dean Castle

How the Boyds Came to Dean Castle

After the defeat and execution of William Wallace in 1305, Sir Robert Boyd (d. 1296) became on of the first supporters of Robert the Bruce. He distringuished himself at the Battle of Bannockburn, where the King placed him to support his brother, Sir Edward Bruce, in directing the crucial right wing of the Scots army. Bruce rewarded Boyd with lands in West Kilbride (Portencross) and Kilmarnock, which was likely confiscated from the Balliols. At Kilmarnock, Boyd began building the Keep of Kilmarnock Castle, now known as Dean Castle.

 

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