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The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family [Paperback]

Michael Moss
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25 Oct 2002
Explore Culzean Castle with this book! Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast is the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland. This lavishly illustrated book tells the whole history of the castle. Michael Moss has carried out extensive research, drawing on estate records, original plans and family correspondence to create a major new history of the castle and a fascinating account of the running of a Scottish country estate. With new pictures, many of them in colour, and an accessible style, this is essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and Scottish architecture. Built in the late sixteenth century above a network of caves, the castle became a centre for smuggling during the eighteenth century. Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis, went on an extended grand tour in the 1750s and returned full of ideas as to how to improve his vast estates and home. His brother and heir commissioned Robert Adam to create his masterpiece and became bankrupt as a result. The estate was rescued when wealthy American cousins inherited it in 1792. Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa, completed the house and lavished money on the property. Key Features: *Major new account of Culzean's history, going back four hundred years. *Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, with many new pictures. *Includes easy-to-read story of the family, plus family tree. *Essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and Adam architecture.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (25 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074861723X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748617234
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 18 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating study ... well illustrated by numerous reproductions of paintings, watercolors, lithographs, engravings, architectural plans and photographs... Moss has presented an entertaining, well-researched and composed book. -- J. Craig Stirling Scotia A fascinating study ... well illustrated by numerous reproductions of paintings, watercolors, lithographs, engravings, architectural plans and photographs... Moss has presented an entertaining, well-researched and composed book.

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Michael Moss is Research Professor of Archival Studies, University of Glasgow

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5.0 out of 5 stars Culzean Castle 29 Mar 2011
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I am a descendant of the Kennedy family that owned the Castle so ordered the book. I found the pictures incredible and the story is detailed and very interesting. If you can't go there then this is the next best thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Aug 2014
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A good book of a place I know well. Also it has been good for a Kennedy friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Magnificent Castle of Culzean" 8 Dec 2012
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Excellent source material. The historical background and photos are well presented, but it could use more photographs of the interiors of Culzean. Highly recommended.
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