Lochlea Crannog

In the year 1777, William Burns, the father of the poet Robert Burns, took up the tenancy of the farm at Lochlea, two miles outside the Ayrshire village of Tarbolton. Here he was faced with the prospect of attempting to transform 130 acres of treeless, rain soaked moorland 400 feet above sea level in to fertile agricultural land. The strain of the effort which he was required to exert in pursuing this objective, hastened his death. Around 20 of Lochlea's 130 acres was occupied by standing water. This took the form of a small loch. It was unremarkable, although during dry periods in the summer when the water level dropped, a small island would emerge some distance from the shore.


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