Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, 1654

Name: Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673  
Title: Carricta  
Pagination: 51
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Carrick follows, fortunate in pastures, to which both land and sea supply their conveniences in plenty. In it Ptolemy places the bay of Rerigon and the town of Rerigon, for which Berigon appears in the oldest edition of Ptolemy printed at Rome in 1380 (1), so that we cannot fail to believe that it was the present Bargeny; it has its lord from the family of Kennedys, which came from Ireland in the reign of Robert Bruce, in this area noble, numerous and powerful. Its head is the Earl of Cassillis, for this is the name of the castle in which he lives on the River Doon. Also on its banks he has a second castle by name Dunure, and he is the hereditary Bailie of this province. For this, along with Kyle and Cunningham, are considered the three Bailieries of Scotland, since those who are in charge of them with normal power and jurisdiction are called Bailies, a word which was created in the Middle Ages and among the Greeks, Sicilians and French means Conservator. But in earlier times Carrick had its own Earls, for (not to mention the son of Gilbert of Galloway, to whom King William ‘gave the whole of Carrick to be possessed for all time’ [Lib. Melros.]) we read that Adam of Kilconath about 1270 was Earl of Carrick and died in a holy war; his only daughter Martha was desperately in love with Robert Bruce, a fine-looking youth whom she had seen hunting, married him, and endowed him with the title and possessions of Earl of Carrick; to him she bore Robert Bruce, the most famous King of Scots, from whom the Royal Family descends. Now the title of Earl of Carrick was for some time left to younger members of the family of Bruce, and later was added to the accumulation of honours of the Princes of Scotland.

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