J P Mclaughlin Art
Dunure Castle Sunset
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Dunure Castle Sunset. Impasto oils on canvas 12 x 12 and is framed in black and accompanied with a certificate of provenance.
Dunure was the ancient seat of the Kennedy family, traditionally lords of Carrick and eventually Earls of Cassillis.
On the bleak west coast of Scotland five miles south of Ayr, perched on a craggy cliff top knoll stands the rubble ruin of Dunure castle. Originally built for the Kennedy family (Earls of Cassillis). The site consists of a shell of a late 13th century oblong keep on the main knoll with the fragmented remains of two additional wings (possibly a chapel and kitchen) built on the landward side in the 15th and 16th centuries. Though the keep also had 16th century battlements and bartizans added to it's earlier frame. In 1429 John Mor MacDonald was killed at Dunure castle when talks between the Macdonald's and King James I's man James Campbell broke out into violence. Why a Kennedy castle was used for this meeting is unclear perhaps it was regarded a neutral ground? King James to distance himself from Mor's murder then executed Campbell. However the MacDonalds still broke out in rebellion defeating the King's army at Inverlochy castle.